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Our Failure-in-Chief, aka Jimmy Carter Redux

June 18, 2010 Leave a comment

“[A] wise and frugal government … shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.” –Thomas Jefferson

The more news I read, the more cynical and angry that I get as the “gushing” (i.e. constant & frequent) stories of scandal and mismanagement by the Obama Administration pass before my eyes each day.   Democrats seem to think that their malfeasance with taxpayer money and their ongoing rush to expand government to create their socialist utopia is being ignored by The People of America, with only a so-called fringe of agitators continuing to remain critical of Obama and his merry band of utopian socialists. 

Can we get any more Orwellian?  I think the answer is “yes” – Obama’s Labor Chief thinks ILLEGALS have a right fair wages… my question is, why do leftists assume illegals have any rights at all in America?

Let me be clear about something.  Obama and the Democrats are GROUP POLITICS THINKERS and PLANNERS.  They dont care about any individual rights or suffering that YOU may be experiencing, so long as they “hope” that their constituent groups and body politick as a whole may or may not gain some benefit from their ideas, policies and choices.

These people bank on good intentions being enough to carry their agenda forward and insulate them from criticism, regardless of any consequences or failures in their ideas, policies and choices.  This level of immaturity and blindness is stunning and should be deeply disturbing to The People who are (and will be) tormented by the Obama Administration and the Democrats through legislation, ongoing unemployment, confiscation of wealth, yet-to-be-experienced inflation, a troubled healthcare system and a myriad of other issues yet to be fully seen and felt.

And, I think the worst is yet to come and when it does, will American’s blame government intervention, utopian goals and the Democrats (including RINO’s Repubs) for what has happened?  I sure hope so, because that is exactly where the blame will rest – on them.

Here are just a few of the latest headlines that indicate how badly Obama and Democrats are managing America’s business and indicate what Americans must suffer with in the years ahead until Obama and his fellow Democrats are removed from power:

– New Rules Could Make Your Current Healthcare Plan Lose Its Grandfathered Status, Thus Pushing You Into The Government Program Starting In 2013  (READ HEREDidn’t Obama say, “If you like your current plan, you can keep it…?”

– The DISCLOSE ACT would make organizations (and individuals) subject to fines and other actions by the FEC for making political statements for or against candidates, issues and etc.  (READ MORE HERE)  So, what happened to free speech and why are Democrats so intent on curbing free speech, including protect UNIONS from this laws restrictions?

– Trouble For The Dollar:  Russia Pushes For New Reserve Currency (READ HERE).  More and more nations are seeing the weakness and vulnerability of the dollar due to high US debt and unbridled government spending that threatens to take America down the same troubled path the Euro and European Union are facing.

– Obama And His Cronies Want To Exert Absolute Control Over The Internet And Give Obama An Instant Shut-off Capability “Just In Case” Something Happens, Using Antiquated 1930s Laws Which Will Treat ISPs As “Utilities.”  (READ HERE)  This is a recipe for abuse and tyranny, folks.

– In A Day Of Spending Madness In Washington Accompanied By Massive Debt And Budget Deficits, Obama Is Spending $1.2 BILLION On Bike Paths And Walking Trails (READ HERE)

– Government Has Spread Like A Cancer, Making Things Worse Economically And Socially Around The World (READ HERE)

– New Jobless Claims Rise Sharply Even As Layoffs Persist (READ HERE)

– Rep. Barton Was Correct.  Obama DID Shake Down BP For $20 BILLION, Jesse Jackson Style (READ HERE)

– Nevada Has The Highest Unemployment In The Nation At 14%, While Senator Harry Reid Continues To Make The Absurd Claim That He Is The Correct Choice For Voters Next November (READ HERE)

– Obama Is In Danger Of Becoming The Jimmy Carter Of The 21st Century Due To His Idealism And Pushing That Idealistic Agenda During Crisis Or Upset (READ HERE), Which Is Simply A Nice Way Of Saying Obama And Democrats Are Willing To Take Advantage Of Americans At Every Opportunity

– LESSON FOR AMERICA:  Europe To Urge Exit From Spend-Happy Failing “Stimulus” Programs (READ HERE)

– BP Oil Spill:  Obama & Lefts Latest Excuse To Keeping Pressing GloBULL Warming Agenda (READ HERE), despite growing body of evidence of drops in overall temperatures worldwide.

– The Danger Of Unions… Benefit Costs Break City, County, State and Federal Budgets (READ HERE)

– Obama’s 2010 Summer Of Endless Spending Is Now Upon Us (READ HERE)

– Greenspan Rightly Indicates America Will Soon Reach Its Borrowing Limit (READ HERE), So What Will Happen Then?  Use Your Imagination & It Just Might Be Possible With Obama & His Band At The Helm….

– Get Ready For $7 A Gallon Gas If Obama Gets His Way (READ HERE), And No, Obama Does Not Care About The Pain It Will Cause You And This Nation… Same Goes For Pelosi, Reid And The Democrat Party… They Just Dont Care Because Its Ideology And Policy Over Consequences To Individuals

– The EPA Is Harming Border Security (READ HERE)

– Obama’s Census:  Permanent Jobs From Temporary Jobs… Tricks To Fool The Public (READ HERE)

– The Biggest Bailout Yet:  Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac Bailout Could Cost $1 TRILLION (READ HERE)

– Democrat Congressman Assaults A Student (SEE IT HERE)

– Obama Refused Foreign Help For Cleaning Up The Gulf Oil Spill (or at least delayed acceptance until it was too late) (READ HERE)

– Obama Snubs Rule Of Law To Extort $20 BILLION From BP For “Gubmint Controlled” Fund (READ HERE)

– Myths About The So-Called Teacher Layoff Crisis… Another Fiction Perp’d By The Left (READ HERE)

The stream of bad news is staggering, folks.  The consequences of this bad news and what it means for this Republic and our national future is also staggering if we do not elect the right people to fix what the Democrats have broken.  Meanwhile, America forgets that FDR’s policies prolonged the Great Depression which brings me to my final point.

I have written on the underlying causes of our current economic malaise – the roots of which started with Jimmy Carter’s “Community Reinvestment Act” and was expanded under Clinton, ignored by the GOP in 2005/06, brushed aside by Dems in 2007 and completely ignored by the press since 2008.  At the root of it all lies the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac debacle (link 1, link 2, link 3, link 4, link 5, link 6) which no one is talking about these days.  All the while, Barney Frank and Chris Dodd said all was well with Fannie & Freddie, including the Democrats covering up the problems before Barney made a fool of himself (read here) even though they (GOP included) were warned about the issue by Bush since 2001.

The left wants America to blame Bush and the GOP for what has happened.  Certainly the GOP shares blame, but the Democrats bear the largest share of the blame due to their defunct programs, corrupt policies and ongoing stonewalling to fix the underlying problems with Fannie and Freddie.  To wit, I leave you with this quote:

“We’re not satisfied with everything we’ve done (in Congress).  The way to cure that is to give us more authority (power) and more ability (ignore the rule of law & common sense).”  — Rep. Barney Frank (D)

We are in trouble, folks – vote next November and kick the bums out in favor of candidates who will uphold the rule of law and honor our Constitution.

See you on the battlefield.

Quick-Hit: The Tax Man Cometh

May 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Today, we learn that Democrats slipped in a stealth provision in the ObamaCare bill that creates mountains of paperwork and new rules for individuals and businesses by expanding the use of 1099 forms.  This covers even Paypal and credit card transactions now – so, get ready to have yet more forms and hassles at tax time.

America could save billions upon billions by getting rid of all these forms and applying a flat tax to everyone, or eliminate the income tax and go to a national sales tax.  The IRS alone consumes billions just to run it the way our tax schemes run now.

Personally, I favor a flat income tax with certain personal exemptions plus a minimum 2% income tax paid by everyone for the first $35k to $50k per year, then a few exemptions for healthcare and interest payments paid on the primary residence, for instance.

See you on the battlefield.

ObamaCare Warning Coming True…

May 19, 2010 Leave a comment

PRIMER – Please read THIS BEFORE GOING on.

I said it months before and since, that ObamaCare would not deliver what was promised (lower costs, you keep your insurance and etc) and now the evidence is rolling in that I and others have been right all along.

No, You Can’t Keep Your Health Plan – Insurers and doctors are already consolidating their businesses in the wake of ObamaCare’s passage.

QUOTE FROM THE WSJ ARTICLE ABOVE:  One of the few remaining ways to manage expenses is to reduce the actual cost of the products. In health care, this means pushing providers to accept lower fees and reduce their use of costly services like radiology or other diagnostic testing.

To implement this strategy, companies need to be able to exert more control over doctors. So insurers are trying to buy up medical clinics and doctor practices. Where they can’t own providers outright, they’ll maintain smaller “networks” of physicians that they will contract with so they can manage doctors more closely. That means even fewer choices for beneficiaries. Insurers hope that owning providers will enable health policies to offset the cost of the new regulations.

NOTE:  Can you say “rationing of medical care” and  “death panels, without death panels” anyone?

New Trend, Starting In Texas… Texas docs opting out of medicare at alarming rates, threatening healthcare for seniors – coming to a state near you.

Obama’s Health Czar repeats false claims of lower healthcare costs despite government report that says otherwise…

I’ve said before that the true costs of ObamaCare would likely mirror Medicare’s cost overruns, which have been nearly TEN TIMES what advocates of Medicate predicted at the time of debate & passage.

Watch your wallets folks – this is going to get worse before it gets better IF WE DO NOT get rid of Leftist/Progressive Democrats and RINO Republicans who will cave in to Democrat demands to join their cause.

See you on the battlefield.

Quick-hit: ObamaCare Fails – In Europe

May 14, 2010 Leave a comment

For those who have followed the news recently, the federal government has reported its 19th straight month of deficits and tells America the deficit is 4X the 2009 figures.  When will America see budgetary responsibility from Obama and Democrats?

As a backdrop to this blog entry headline, evidence continues pouring in about the dangers and unsustainability of socialized medicine and bloated nanny-state government spending and efforts at societal control.   Here’s the kick-off list:

– Obama is AGAIN bailing out someone…  teachers this time, using funds in an “off the books” maneuver to keep bloated education districts and teachers unions flush with cash;

– Hugo Chavez, Prez of Venezuala, is giving the world a lesson in the ultimate failure of socialism despite his nation’s large oil reserves;

A 2005 US Intelligence Report warned that Europe would experience its current economic demise and needed to drastically cut back social spending.

– The real debt picture and how much the US needs to cut its deficits – the reality isnt pretty!

Now, the world is being exposed to the truth about the failure of the welfare state and we are now being treated to a preview of what awaits America should ObamaCare become firmly entrenched in our entitlement system.

Greece is now the first to be told it must downsize its programs AND PRIVATIZE its healthcare system in order to receive bailout funds from the EU.  The evidence is stacking up and it can no longer be denied that utopian promises of societal bliss are false promises indeed.  With our own Constitution, the government provision of healthcare, retirement and other optional “wants” are in fact very far outside the limited powers delineated in our Constitution.

See you on the battlefield.

ObamaCare Wont Cut Costs – It Will Increase Them!

April 23, 2010 Leave a comment

I have long been warning that this would be the case, and now I can report that I (and others) have been vindicated by a report issued by Obama’s own Health and Human Services Department.

As I read the report and other concurring news articles, I was reminded of the endless claims by Obama, Reid and Pelosi about how their vaunted ObamaCare bill would be a boon for consumers saving them money and expanding care to many otherwise uninsured individuals.

But now, as predicted, we find that the empty claims of Obama and the left will actually result in what I and others have been predicting all along – higher costs, lowered quality of care and less supply of care:

• 1% rise in overall costs for consumers, which is a conservative estimate as the current Medicare cuts are not realistic nor sustainable;

• These warnings about Medicare cuts will become a major political liability for Democrats;

• The Obama Administration complains that these estimates “low ball” the actual savings, when history indicates that government has consistently understated costs by a factor of 9 times;

• Medicare cuts are predicted to drive 15%, or more, of hospitals into debt and jeopardize access to healthcare for seniors;

Somehow in all the discussions and statements, there appears to be a hidden assumption by Obama and his band of do-gooders that the money spent by Americans for insurance and healthcare services is somehow money better spent by government.   Considering governments abysmal record of cost cutting and efficiency, this is a laughable claim at best.

Watch for more analysis to come which will shed light on the ObamaCare health scam in ways that will reveal even more problems for Democrats, who have a habit of over-promising and under-delivering where their grandiose schemes are concerned.

See you on the battlefield.

The REAL COSTS of ObamaCare

March 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Next Stop: State & National Bankruptcy!

Folks, the real cost of ObamaCare is coming… but it is already being felt.  Everyone I know is paying more taxes this year than they did last year.  What has changed?  I still dont have a clear answer on that or what laws have changed to deny people the returns they’ve had in the past.

In a nutshell, here’s what is coming:

* Higher state taxes to pay for the Fed mandates on the states to cover Medicaid 
* Higher FICA taxes on the more wealthy, but rest assured everyone will feel it
* Lower deductions for out-of-pocket medical expenses
* $500 BILLION cut in Medicare (Yes, elderly care will be rationed)
* New investment taxes (which will impact job creation and business starts)
* Higher capital gains & dividends taxes
* Restrictions on healthcare savings accounts (what can be purchased, amounts & etc)
* New limits on employer provided spending accounts (pays co-pays, medicines etc)
* New taxes on everything from tanning salons, to wheel chairs, medical devices and etc

Hail Caesar Obama!

Read more HERE, paying particular attention to the links in the body of the article; and still more HERE.

The intangible cost for America is in our national honor in how we “do” politics and what values are important to our political processes. 

What we witnessed with Pelosi and Reid was an unparalleled demonstration of Chicago-style politics, bribes and Obama bleating to Democrats about protecting his legacy and success.  As such, we have now formally entered into the age of Self-Serving Politics in clear and distinct terms.   Obama has no care for America’s future, but he certainly cares about his legacy and having his ideology forced upon The People whether we want these values and programs or not.  

Democrats believe they know what is best for you, which is the ultimate demonstration of hubris and egotism that I’ve seen in my 45 years on this Earth. 

RECOMMENDATION:  Call your broker instead of Washington and change your investments and 401k’s to move shares OUT OF (i.e. sell off) govt bonds, Goldman Sachs, GE, Microsoft, GM,  UPS and etc. and move those funds to anti-Obama/Dem investments. 

Dont forget what the Demorats have done to America in their quest to re-make this nation into AmeriKa, aka the United Socialist States of America.

ObamaCare, By The Numbers

March 19, 2010 Leave a comment

The Great Oz-Obama

UPDATE:  Here’s more on the expose’ of ObamaCare – it’s a list of travesties and assaults upon Americans and our Constitution to be sure:  See HERE

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My fellow Americans, the ObamaCare disaster is coming closer – if it passes here is a brief “drive-by” of what it means to you and what you MUST be aware of:

  1. ObamaCare will force Americans, i.e. YOU, to buy insurance at a yearly cost for a family of 4 of somewhere between $12,000 to $15,000 a year.   LINK
  2. The CBO process has been so thoroughly “gamed” (aka manipulated) by Democrats, to the point that what the CBO has to say anymore is virtually worthless.   LINK
  3. New total spending:  $1.5 TRILLION for a supposed grand total of $2.4 TRILLION over 10 years (should we believe this “estimate?”)
  4. New taxes:  $500 BILLION
  5. Timing gimmick: 10 years of taxes combined with 10 years of Medicare cuts to deliver 6 years of “benefits
  6. Timing gimmick:  March 2009 baseline is used instead of the March 2010 baseline in order to hide the true costs
  7. Double-counting of funds:  Social Security, Class Act revenues, Medicare cuts, all of which actually equate to more than $433 BILLION increase in the deficit, not a reduction as claimed by the Democrats
  8. Hidden spending:  $70 BILLION in spending to implement the program for the IRS expansion, NHS expansion and etc.
  9. So-called Doc-fix:  This is a separate bill costing $371 BILLION to address the 21% cut in Medicare reimbursement that was scheduled to go into effect
  10.    For items 3 to 9, see this link HERE for more details

The truth of the matter is, America will be creating a gigantic new entitlement program in the midst of an economic crisis AND as America is forced to consider how to pay for Social Security, Medicare and other UNFUNDED entitlements totaling more than $107 TRILLION DOLLARS.

How is America to pay for all this?  Look at the US Debt Clock and ask yourself how can America possibly shoulder all this debt and survive????

Democrats are bankrupting America and they are perpetrating literal financial crimes upon The People… and for what?  In many ways, Republicans share the blame for setting America up for this so we must not turn a blind eye to the GOP’s past antics and policies as the run-up to what we are seeing now.

Stay strong, get involved and remember what America stands for.

See you on the battlefield.