Thursday, July 29, 2010

How long do we have to listen to this?

Biden, just yesterday: "There's never enough until we've restored the 8 million jobs lost in the Bush recession," Biden said on NBC's "Today" show when asked if the administration had done enough to address unemployment. "Until that happens it doesn't matter — it matters, but it's not enough."

And then Pelosi: Another top Democrat, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), has said that there is essentially no limit to how long Democrats could credibly invoke Bush, as long as hangover effects from his presidency plague the U.S.

"Well, it runs out when the problems go away," Pelosi said in early June when asked if there was a limit to how long Democrats could blame Bush.

When the problems go away? Like magic? I guess you don't think you're big-governement philosophy will fix things, huh. The problems will just go away. How did this women get to be Speaker of the House. The country has lost its mind.

You know what? Most sane people don't care anymore about who caused this mess (and it was not just Republicans and/or Bush -- if you believe so, you're a complete idiot). What is the current Democrat "leadership" doing to fix the problems?

More taxes. More spending. More government regulation and control. Unemployment is still high. The "stimulus" was supposed to get it down to 7.5 percent by now (that was Obama's own prediction). Not even close. Businesses aren't hiring because of all the uncertainty the Obama administration and current Congress has created. Consumers are doing the same thing: wait sand see.

And to make matters worse, even though a judge told him no, Obama has put hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people out of work with his disasterous response to the oil spill in the Gulf. With just slight of hand, pen on paper. I'd like someone tell me where he gets the authority to do that. He ain't the King.

And the democrats want you to vote for them because it's Bush's fault. Utter madness.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

U.S. should reveiw policy on Afghanistan and Pakistan?

This from the Washington Times:
Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Leaks raise U.S. policy doubts. The disclosure of classified military documents revealing close ties between Pakistan's intelligence service and militants fighting U.S. troops in Afghanistan has prompted calls on Capitol Hill to rethink U.S. policy toward Pakistan and Afghanistan

Haven't we known or suspected that Pakistan's IS has been helping the Taliban? After all, they helped get them established.

So now there are calls on Capitol Hill to rethink policy?

Gee, ya think? I think the dodos on Capitol Hill are a bit late.

Are we ready to vote them out, and get some competent leadership in Washington D.C.?

As a final note, releasing classified military documents is a crime. I view it as treason when troops are in harms way. The people responsible should be treated as such.

Giving to the poor is not stimulus

The problem with wanna-be economists from the liberal ranks of the Democrat party is that they think income redistribution programs are stimulus programs. (Remember Pelosi and unemployment checks?)

Now food stamps are stimulus.
The Food Stamp Program has shown its effectiveness in recent years in its rapid response to the recession. Food stamp caseloads have increased by 50 percent since the recession started in late 2007. In addition, the 2009 Recovery Act increased food stamp benefits as a way of delivering economic stimulus. The program was deemed effective for this purpose because of its broad reach among low-income populations and its high efficiency.
Some 40 million people now use food stamps. My tax dollars at work. I don't begrudge a safety net, but we've gone way beyone that now.


How stupid can people be? Blinded by their ideology, I guess. Let's be honest and call it what it is: Welfare, Income Redistribution, or even a saftey net (which many use seemingly forever). But it is not stimulus.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Pelosi: Do Not Extend Tax Cuts

As reported by Market Watch today, Pelosi has stated that she doesn't support extending the Bush tax-cuts.

In rejecting an extension of the cuts, Pelosi said they've increased the deficit "enormously." They didn't create jobs in the eight years of the Bush administration, she added.
Whether she has forgotten the last 10 years, is ignorant of history, or just plain stupid -- well, you decide. Regardless, she has her facts twisted around like a pretzel. I guess it fits in with the blame-Bush-for- everything mentality.

According to the Tax Policy Center, about 1/3 of the deficits were the result of the tax cuts. The majority of the deficits were due to economic conditions and run-away government spending. So her claim that the reduction in tax rates increased the deficit "enormously" is not true, because as more and more people were employed, tax revenues did increase, until the bubble burst.

She also claims that the lower tax rates did not have an affect on employment numbers. Yet after the 2003 tax cuts were in place, employment numbers rose, while unemployment decreased. According to the BLS, for the years 2003-2008, nearly 18 million jobs were added to the employment roles.

Then, of course, the housing bubble burst and all that bad news, and we've lost 4.6 million jobs.

The relationship between employment and taxes can be hard to track down. But looking at the history of tax cuts, growth in the economy and employment normally follows. And with growth and higher employment comes higher federal revenues, eventually.  When taxes become more of a burden (one measure is percentage of GDP), less money is available in the private sector, causing less growth, or even negative growth. Currently, our tax burden as a percentage of GDP is historically high.

Letting these tax cuts expire, which will raise taxes on nearly everyone, will put the breaks on any chance of true growth.

But with people as ignorant as Nancy Pelosi around, what can you expect? Unfortunately, there are enough sheep to believe her.

Confidence in Congress drops to all-time low

Obama's numbers have taken a dip as well. Gallup's recent poll results speak for themselves.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A new bubble to burst?

I found this interesting. Maybe with professors making six-figure incomes, and all the perks and bennies, we can see that being in government or academia is the way to go. The hell with private enterprise, which can't compete because they can't force you to give them money.

Monday, July 19, 2010

DiversityInc: Leaders in Discrimination

DiversityInc claims to be "DiversityInc's mission is to bring education and clarity to the business benefits of diversity."

But if you're a white male forget it. "More than half of our employees are women and more than 75 percent are people of color."

However, the owner of the web site / magazine has an extremist view of black conservatives.
A management consultant on Monday stood by remarks over the weekend in which he compared black Tea Party activists to Jewish guards in Nazi concentration camps, telling there are "turncoats" in every group.
Luke Visconti, owner of DiversityInc, first said on CNN that Tea Party leaders are "leveraging racism" and that they have risen to power with an "anti-black Obama" message.

When the anchor noted that black members are active in the conservative movement, Visconti responded: "There were Jewish concentration guard camps. Weren't there?"

Reached Monday, Visconti elaborated. He said his point was that "there are people in every group no matter what is being done to them that will side with the people that are doing the injustice."

The mission of his web site / magazine states:
We define diversity management as the proactive management of race/culture, gender, orientation, disability and age to ensure equal outcome in relationships with employees, customers, investors and suppliers. We feel that the first two factors (race and gender) are the most important because they impact the treatment of the other three factors and are the most dominant loci of discrimination.
We believe that all people are created equally, and therefore, talent is distributed equally as well. We feel that an organization's management of diversity can be defined and judged in absolute metrics, most easily with human-capital statistics.
"Equality of outcome." This is a socialist worldview where all outcomes are equal, regardless of whether you work hard, or have no skills, etc.

They also state: "We believe that all people are created equally, and therefore, talent is distributed equally as well." What a bunch of hooey. We all know that talent is not distributed equally. That's why I program computers instead of being a country western singing star. Some people can't program computers. There are things I have no talent for.

This guy is part of the problem in race relations in this country. If they'd focus more on equal opportunity, instead of equal outcomes, we'd all be better off.

What a jerk this Visconti is.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Progressive vs. Conservative

I found this posted as a comment on a North Carolina letter-to-the-editor column:
The term "progressive" was simply inserted to get away from the old term "liberal". Progressive movements in our history have been to get more government involvement and regulation in our lives and social structure.
The term "conservative" is just as misaligned. The conservatives don't "conserve" anything because they also spend as if there was no limit to taxpayer funds.
Labels aside...what we have is a government of a party in power that will do anything to remain in power and a party out of power that will do anything to reverse the situation. Both have cleverly arranged the election process so only the A teams of both parties can play and the elections just reload the same game....repeat process.
I think this is a good way of looking at the labels we put on ourselves. Both are inaccurate. And an excellent one-paragraph summary of how our political process actually works.

Conservative doesn't mean racist, but they'll say it anyway

My old home-town, Ann Arbor, Mich., (Go Blue!) did a really stupid thing while I was on blogging vacation: the city council voted to boycott Arizona. But I'm not surprised, because Ann Arbor, home of the University of Michigan, is the midwest's answer to Berkley. Only the University of Chicago is more liberal. So I mentioned that instead of going to Ann Arbor this year for "real" vacation, I'd go visit my son in Phoenix.

A friend responded that while she doesn't "support this racist law" she hopes I can make it to Ann Arbor in 2012 for some such event or whatever.

She's drunk from the koolaid. There is nothing racist in the law, since it just reiterates federal law. You actually have to read the law to know that, but why waste time with FACTS. Liberals just FEEL that it is racist, when in reality there are only told to believe that (MSNBC?), and they do, the little sheep.

And I'll bet the courts -- eventually -- will throw out Holder's feckless lawsuit. What a waste of taxpayer's money.

But when the left has no logical or rational response to conservative ideas, the race card comes out, over and over.


I'm so tired of this (remember the NAACP, a very racist organization in their own right). Maybe I'll take another vacation.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Time off

Taking the week off. Check back after July 12th, 2010.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Happy 4th of July

While we're all having a good time, smoking meat and swilling beer, launching or watching fireworks, my salute is to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, past and present, who have made this possible.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

For Independence Day: American Pride

I received this in an e-mail. It's worth repeating.

At a time when our president and other politicians tend to apologize for our country's prior actions, here's a refresher on how some of our former patriots handled negative comments about our country.

JFK's Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 1960s when De Gaulle decided to pull out of NATO. De Gaulle said he wanted all US military out of France as soon as possible. Rusk responded, "Does that include those who are buried here?" De Gaulle did not respond.

When in England, at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of 'empire building' by George Bush. He answered by saying, "Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return."

There was a conference in France where a number of international engineers were taking part, including French and American. During a break, one of the French engineers came back into the room saying, "Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he intend to do, bomb them?" A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: "Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck. We have eleven such ships; how many does France have?"

A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included admirals from the U.S., British, Canadian, Australian and French navies At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of officers that included personnel from most of those countries. Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked, "Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?" Without hesitating,the American admiral replied, "Maybe it's because the Brit's, Canadians, Aussie's and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to speak German."

Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane. At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on. "You have been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer asked sarcastically. Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously. "Then you should know enough to have your passport ready." The American said, "The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it." "Impossible. Americans always have to show their passports on arrival in France !" The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly explained, ''Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find a single Frenchmen to show a passport to."