Tuesday, August 31, 2010

World Wide Demographics Video Challenging Western Democracies

Europe is taking a closer look that this situation now but it may be too late for them, and maybe for us as well. Islamic birth rates grow much faster in the free world than the native populations. History tells us this will be a problem for the free democratic nations.

Watch this video and then you decide.

Wind Generator Problems Hidden From Public

This, apparently, is becoming a common thing. Transmission failures are occurring more frequently then reported. The press of course doesn't want to report it as they are supportive of "alternative" energy sources rather than more petroleum based sources like oil or gas.

What is blocked from their agenda is that America's industrial power if fueled by oil and it's by-products and will be for decades to come. These include many medicines and all plastics. Are these important to us or are willing to give them up to go 'green'?

'Going Green' is more important, I guess, than 'growing' green, money that is, to support our life styles, which by the way, the environmentalists want to alter to their liking.

Most interested parties will admit that maintenance of these wind mills will be a problem, mechanically and financially. Without subsidies for upkeep, the burden will fall on the tax payers as was intended in the first place when these were introduced. The feds always intended, if not mentioned, the subsidies were just for erection, not maintenance.

The same agenda is in place for solar and geothermal sources. The federal government has no intention of paying for the upkeep. The local power companies knew this going in but did not want to fight the feds on the issue as this might mean inviting attention from environmentalist in the government and therefore subsequent attacks on their power companies.

After all, we don't want to be seen as not going with the flow. But then, aren't tax payers always willing to pay what ever it takes to go "green"? hmmmm I guess when the landscape is littered with dead and dying wind mills, the responsible parties that advocated these things will step forward and remove them at their expense. Yeah right! Hello taxpayers.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Obama IS Known by His Friends

Here is a quote from an unknown source but very timely. This isn't new as it has been around for decades and will be familiar to most who read this.

"Tigers and deer do not stroll together. So too is a man know by his friends."

This brings up the question about Obama, can we say we know Barack Obama because of his associations with his friends? Jeramya Wright - Father Pfleger - Bill Ayers - Tony Resco - Hugo Chavez - author Saul Alinsky?

Shotgun Extraordinaire - Beretta Auto Video

If you are a hunter or just love to shoot a shotgun for any reason, sporting clays as in 'trap' or 'skeet', this video is for you - this is incredible!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Dogs In Later Years Rest On Purpose

So true - older dogs really know what is important in life - we should take notice.

An older, tired-looking dog wandered into my yard. I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home and was well taken care of. He calmly came over to me, I gave him a few pats on his head; he then followed me into my house, slowly walked down the hall, curled up in the corner and fell asleep.

An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out. The next day he was back, greeted me in my yard, walked inside and resumed his spot in the hall again slept for about an hour. This continued off and on for several weeks.

Curious I pinned a note to his collar: 'I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful sweet dog is and ask if you are aware that almost every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.'

The next day he arrived for his nap, with a different note pinned to his collar:'He lives in a home with 6 children, 2 under the age of 3 - he's trying to catch upon his sleep. May I come with him tomorrow?'

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Obama's Religion Still A Question for Many

This will not go away - No one knows what Obama believes. This seems to be the largest problem that we have with our president. It effects all aspects of American life including finance, health and business. Nobody can make decisions for the future as we never know what Obama will do next.

This short article can not be confirmed as coming from some 'inside the beltway hotshot', but it really doesn't matter as it's just an opinion of someone trying to find out the facts. Still, people want to know so they ask questions. But it seems answers are hard to come by.

Does it matter what religion he is? Does it matter that he will not proclaim his religious beliefs? hmmmm

The question then is "Who is Barack Obama?" You decide.


Sheppard Smith, Fox News."If you check President Obama's last trip over-seas, his wife left just after their visit to France. She has yet to accompany him to any Arab country. Think about it. Why is Michelle returning to the states when 'official' trips to foreign countries generally include the First Lady."

Here's one thought on the matter.While in a Blockbuster renting videos I came across a video called "Obama". There were two men standing next to me and we talked about President Obama. These guys were Arabs, so I asked them why they thought Michele Obama headed home following the President's recent visit to France instead of traveling on to Saudi Arabia and Turkey with her husband.

They told me she could not go to Saudi Arabia, Turkey or Iraq. I said "Why not,(?) Laura Bush went to Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Dubai ." They said that Obama is a Muslim and therefore he is not allowed to bring his wife into countries that adhere to Sharia Law.

Two points of interest here: 1) I thought it interesting that two American Arabs at Blockbuster believe that our President is a Muslim, 2) who follows a strict Islamic creed. They also said that's the reason he bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia. It was a signal to the Muslim world, acknowledging his religion.For further consideration, here is a response from Dr. Jim Murk, a Middle Eastern Scholar and expert on Islam. This is his explanation of what the Arab American's were saying."An orthodox Muslim man would never take his wife on a politically oriented trip to any nation which practices Sharia law, particularly Saudi Arabia where the Wahhabi sect is dominant.

This is true and it is why Obama left Michelle in Europe. She will stay home when he visits Arab countries. He knows Muslim protocol; this includes, bowing to the Saudi King.

Obama is regarded as a Muslim in the Arab world, because he was born to a Muslim father; he acknowledged his Muslim faith with George Stephanopoulus. Note that he downplays his involvement with Christianity, by not publicly joining a Christian church in D.C. And occasionally attending the chapel for services at Camp David.

He also played down the fact that America is a Christian country and said, unbelievably, that it was one of the largest Muslim nations in the world, which is nonsense. He has publicly taken the side of the Palestinians in the conflict with Israel and he ignored the National Day of Prayer, something no other President has ever done. He is bad news!

He conceals his true faith to the detriment of the American people." --- Jim Murk, Doctor of Philosophy in Middle Eastern Culture & Religion.

ACTIONS speak louder than words. Another interesting item regarding Sharia Law. Why has Barack Hussein Obama insisted that the U.S. Attorney General hold the trials of the 911 Muslim Terrorists in Civilian Courts as Common Criminals instead of as Terrorists who attacked the United States of America? If the Muslim Terrorists are tried in Military Tribunals, convicted and sentenced to death, by LAW, Barack Hussein Obama, as President of the United States, would be required to sign their Death Warrants.

He would not be required to sign the death warrants if they are sentenced to death by a Civilian Court. Recently, Muslim Jihadist, Army Major Hassan slaughtered non-Muslim soldiers at Ft. Hood, Texas rather than go to Afghanistan and be a part of anything that could lead to the deaths of fellow Muslims. He stated that Muslims 'could not and should not kill fellow Muslims.'

Is the motive for Barack Hussein Obama's insistence on civilian trials, to make sure he doesn't have to sign the death warrants for the Muslim Terrorists? Why would he, as President of the United States, not sign the death warrants for Muslim Terrorists who attacked the United States and murdered over 3,000 U. S. Citizens on 9/11?

Could it be that he is FORBIDDEN by his RELIGION to authorize the execution of Muslims?Think about that! Open your eyes, ears and mind to who the President is, how he behaves and what he is doing.

California's Govr. Says Public Sector Unions Crushing State

Read and then contimplate what is happening all over the country. Just who is to blame and what must be done to stop our slide into disaster.

Public Pensions and Our Fiscal Future

Few Californians in the private sector have $1 million in savings,but that's effectively the retirement account they guarantee to many government employees.


Recently some critics have accused me of bullying state employees. Headlines in California papers this month have been screaming "Gov assails state workers" and "Schwarzenegger threatens state workers."I'm doing no such thing. State employees are hard-working and valuable contributors to our society. But here's the plain truth: California simply cannot solve its budgetary problems without addressing government-employee compensation and benefits.

[schwarzenegger]As former Speaker of the State Assembly and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown pointed out earlier this year in the San Francisco Chronicle, roughly 80 cents of every government dollar in California goes to employee compensation and benefits. Those costs have been rising fast. Spending on California's state employees over the past decade rose at nearly three times the rate our revenues grew, crowding out programs of great importance to our citizens. Neglected priorities include higher education, environmental protection, parks and recreation, and more.

Much bigger increases in employee costs are on the horizon. Thanks to huge unfunded pension and retirement health-care promises granted by past governments, and also to deceptive pension-fund accounting that understated liabilities and overstated future investment returns, California is now saddled with $550 billion of retirement debt. The cost of servicing that debt has grown at a rate of more than 15% annually over the last decade. This year, retirement benefits—more than $6 billion—will exceed what the state is spending on higher education. Next year, retirement costs will rise another 15%. In fact, they are destined to grow so much faster than state revenues that they threaten to suck up the money for every other program in the state budget. (See the nearby chart.)

I've held a stricter line on government employment and salary increases than any governor in the modern era (overall year-to-year spending has increased just 1.4% on my watch). Nevertheless, employee costs will keep marching upwards because of pension promises, and they will never stop doing so until we get reform.

At the same time that government-employee costs have been climbing, the private-sector workers whose taxes pay for them have been hurting. Since 2007, one million private jobs have been lost in California. Median incomes of workers in the state's private sector have stagnated for more than a decade. To make matters worse, the retirement accounts of those workers in California have declined. The average 401(k) is down nationally nearly 20% since 2007. Meanwhile, the defined benefit retirement plans of government employees—for which private-sector workers are on the hook—have risen in value.

Few Californians in the private sector have $1 million in savings, but that's effectively the retirement account they guarantee to public employees who opt to retire at age 55 and are entitled to a monthly, inflation-protected check of $3,000 for the rest of their lives.

In 2003, just before I became governor, the state assembly even passed a law permitting government employees to purchase additional taxpayer-guaranteed, high-yielding retirement annuities at a discount—adding even more retirement debt. It's as if Sacramento legislators don't want a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, but a government of the employees, by the employees, and for the employees.For years I've asked state legislators to stop adding to retirement debt. They have refused.

Now the Democratic leadership of the assembly proposes to raise the tax and debt burdens on private employees in order to cover rising public-employee compensation. But what will they do next year when those compensation costs grow 15% more? And the year after that when they've risen again? And 10 years from now, when retirement costs have reached nearly $30 billion per year? That's where government-employee retirement costs are headed even with the pension reforms I'm demanding. Imagine where they're headed without reform.

My view is different. We must not raise taxes or borrow money to cover up fundamental problems. Much needs to be done. The Assembly needs to reverse the massive and retroactive increase in pension formulas it enacted 11 years ago. It also needs to prohibit "spiking"—giving someone a big raise in his last year of work so his pension is boosted. Government employees must be required to increase their contributions to pensions. Public pension funds must make truthful financial disclosures to the public as to the size of their liabilities, and they must use reasonable projected rates of returns on their investments.

The legislature could pass those reforms in five minutes, the same amount of time it took them to pass that massive pension boost 11 years ago that adds additional costs every single day they refuse to act. And after they've finished passing those reforms, they could take another five minutes to pass legislation terminating the annuity give-away they passed in 2003 and ending the immoral practice of pension fund board members accepting gifts or even campaign contributions from lobbyists, salesmen, unions and other special interests.

Reforming government employee compensation and benefits won't close this year's deficit. It will, however, protect the next generation of Californians from overwhelming burdens. The same is true with respect to the other reform I'm demanding—the establishment of a rainy-day fund so that legislators can't spend temporary revenue windfalls.

All of these reforms must be in place before I will sign a budget.I am under no illusion about the difficulty of my task. Government-employee unions are the most powerful political forces in our state and largely control Democratic legislators. But for the future of our state, no task is more important./Mr. Schwarzenegger is the governor of //California//./

Friday, August 27, 2010

Obama's Religion (A Video) : What Is The Truth?

This video is concerning Obama's religion - Does this make sense or is it just trouble making? What is the truth? Does it even matter? Does Obama's actions overseas have any bearing on this subject?

You decide!


Monday, August 23, 2010

Union Scare Tactics To Cities : No Police No Protection

Where there's a will, there is a way - citizens have to step up and take control of their lives and there immediate environment. It can be done - actually, we don't have any choice!

Cities Can't Give In To Protection Racket
Source: Source: Bruce L. Benson, "Cities Can't Give In To Protection Racket," Investors.com, August 16, 2010.

City governments nationwide are bleeding red ink, largely due to the salaries and benefits their unionized employees are paid. With high unemployment, falling property values and sinking tax revenues, these salaries and benefits can't be sustained, says Bruce L. Benson, a senior fellow with the Independent Institute.

Decisions to lay off or furlough employees, reduce benefits or curtail promised pay raises typically produce highly publicized threats to cut services. Cities and their citizens should consider responding to such threats by laying off even more employees, says Benson.

Most public employees don't do anything that can't be done at lower cost by employees of private firms, from filling out incident-report forms to protecting the public. Consider the case of Anthony Batts, the police chief of Oakland, Calif.:

He has announced that his department will no longer respond to citizen calls on 44 criminal and noncriminal matters typically handled by the police, including grand theft, burglary, embezzlement and auto accidents.

This was Chief Batts' response to Oakland's decision to lay off 80 police officers.
The city is trying to deal with an approximate $30 million budget deficit. As in most cities, expenditures for police account for a significant portion of Oakland's budget, says Benson:
With a 776-person force, it spends about $250,000 per officer per year, including salary and benefits. Salaries alone average $95,000; the benefits include an extraordinarily generous pension plan, which can exceed 100 percent of final pay for career officers.

Unlike many other public employees, Oakland police officers don't contribute to their pensions; taxpayers bear the full cost. When the city asked the police to contribute 9 percent of their salaries to their pensions, similar to the San Francisco and Los Angeles police, their union said no -- unless the city guaranteed no layoffs for three years. The current mess ensued.

In Oakland's case, the City Council belatedly recognized this and has voted to hire a private security firm, International Services Inc., to patrol high-crime areas. Four private patrolmen will cost the city about $200,000 a year -- a fifth of what four city police officers would cost. It's a small, but important step forward, says Benson.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

ObamaCare Higher Costs For Everyone

I hope all those that voted for "Hope and Change" understand how ObamaCare will effect all aspects of our economy. If you are a student of history, you will see this is how it went in the 1930's under Roosevelt. And as we all know now, as Obama told us before the election, he had FDR as one of his heroes.

FDR didn't fix anything back then, he only made things worse with his liberal, left leaning agenda. Now we have Obama and it's more liberal socialist dogma. It didn't work then and it's not working now. History repeating it's self. Who Knew?

If you don't understand all this, get some reading material that brings this all into perspective. I highly recommend "The Forgotten Man" by Amity Shlaes. This an outstanding read.

Higher Health Premiums Await Workers, Survey Says
Source: Katherine Hobson, "Big Employers Estimate Health Care Costs Will Rise 8.9 percent in 2011," Wall Street Journal Health Blog, August 19, 2010.

A survey of big employers finds they expect their health care costs to rise nearly 9 percent next year and plan to share some of that burden with employees via higher premiums and higher out-of-pocket limits. The survey included responses from 72 members of the nonprofit National Business Group on Health, which represents large companies such as General Electric, Microsoft and General Motors.

Highlights from the report:

Next year, 63 percent of employers who responded said they'll increase the proportion of insurance premiums paid by their employees; some 46 percent plan to raise the limit on annual out-of-pocket payments; 44 percent plan to raise deductibles for in-network services.
So called consumer-directed health plans, such as a high-deductible plan with a health savings account, are one of the tactics employers are using to control costs; 61 percent plan to offer a consumer-directed plan in 2011.

As far as controlling drug costs goes, employers report using prior authorization (73 percent), step therapy (63 percent), a tiered system (63 percent) and required mail order for maintenance meds (47 percent).

Most employers plan to change their plans to comply with provisions of the health care overhaul law, including removing lifetime limits on benefits.

The majority of respondents (56 percent) counted wellness programs as one of the top three ways to curb costs (cost sharing and consumer-directed plans also made the list). Another cost-saving measure, the dependent eligibility audit, is lower down on the list.

On the retiree health benefit front, employers said they were trying to keep a lid on costs via caps on company contributions (46 percent), boosting employee contributions (37 percent) and eliminating coverage for future retirees (33 percent).

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Entertainment at It's Best : Cagney and Hope Dance Video

Take a minute and watch this delightful video of a fantastic dance routine done by two legends of the sliver screen, James Cagney and Bob Hope. If you don't who these people are from our past then this will be a great opportunity to get to know them in the best way possible.

Their movies are ranked among the best ever made and this dance routine has to be among the best for shear fun.


Friday, August 20, 2010

Entitlements Must Be Reformed : Heritage Foundation

How does the song go, 'climbing the highest mountain' Well this is the highest mountain, reforming entitlements. It's like changing the tax code we have now to a 'Value Added' tax or a percentage tax for all consumers, i.e. a flat tax.

Can you imagine the chaos? Most peole would rather have the suffocating monster that we have now rather than fighting all of the special interst groups to get this done. Just think of the biggest hurdle here, lawyers.

The Age Of Entitlements Must End
Source: Conn Carroll, "The Age of Entitlements Must End," Heritage Foundation, August 19, 2010.

If we really want to get our nation back on track, one of our top priorities must be to end the age of entitlements, says Conn Carroll, assistant director for the Heritage Foundation's Strategic Communications.

The Heritage Foundation has several recommendations --

Put Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security on a budget: Congress should set firm and enforceable budget caps for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

Put these programs on a firm, long-term budget -- say 30 years -- and require Congress to review these budgets regularly. Triggers or other mechanisms should be deployed to enforce budget limits if Congress fails to act.

Fix Medicare: Establish a new Medicare "defined contribution" system as we transition away from today's costly and inefficient fee-for-service system. New retirees, just like federal workers, would receive a government contribution to purchase the health insurance that best meets their needs. The contribution, or "premium assistance," would be capped but reviewed periodically and an individual's contribution would be adjusted according to income and underlying medical condition.

Fix Medicaid: Healthier families should be allowed into private health insurance with their share of Medicaid money.

We need patient-centered care to give the disabled, elderly, and their families a say in the care and services they receive. Medicaid's long-term care benefit must be transformed from an open-ended entitlement to an insurance-based model of private coverage as part of a general strategy to boost long-term care insurance.

Fix Social Security: To boost savings, we need to include a system of voluntary personal accounts within Social Security. The system as a whole should be made solvent by transforming the remainder of Social Security to "real insurance," focusing benefits on those who really need them during retirement while strengthening the safety net for poorer retirees. Incentives such as removing payroll taxes for workers over the retirement age should accompany these changes.

Ending America's entitlement mentality is not just an economic challenge, but a moral one. It is simply wrong to make unsustainable promises to today's adults by shackling our children and grandchildren with crippling debt or heavy taxes, says Carroll.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

George Soros Dumping US Stocks

Soros seems to have a gift to know when to destroy an economy and how it will benefit him the most. This man is no friend of ours.

George Soros is bailing out of U.S. stocks.
5 Minute Manager?

Soros Fund Management, with $25 billion in assets, slashed its equity holdings 42% during the second quarter -- from $8.8 billion to $5.1 billion. His once-sizable holdings of Wal-Mart, JP Morgan Chase and Pfizer now amount to only a few token shares each. Hmmm, that doesn't sound like a bet on recovery.

His biggest holding is GLD, the giant gold ETF.

Where he's shifted the money is harder to tell from the 13-F he filed with the SEC, since the document tracks only U.S.-traded shares and related derivatives.

Public Unions Cut Deal On Lay-Offs in New Jersey

It's interesting that cities have this problem - I always wonder why they never saw this coming. Was it the liberals out of control or the Conservatives falling a sleep?

Maybe it's like the rest of us, we, as citizens of this great country, never believed that we would come to a point in our lives where we might see the American dream destroyed. It just couldn't happen here. Never! After all, this is America. It has always been this way.

Well, I guess we were wrong to believe that. Welcome to "Hope and Change".

Happier Public Union News From New Jersey
Source: Josh Barro, "Happier Public Union News from New Jersey," Real Clear Markets, August 17, 2010.

A number of towns in New Jersey have been reaching agreements with their local police unions that cut costs while avoiding layoffs. Last week, the Newark Star-Ledger reported on at least six towns where unions agreed to givebacks (cost cutting) in exchange for a no-layoff promise.
This is a good trend, but New Jersey lawmakers -- and those elsewhere in the country -- can do more to expand it, says Josh Barro, the Walter B. Wriston Fellow at the Manhattan Institute.

In New Jersey, it is interesting to see where unions and municipalities are managing to reach no-layoff deals and where they are not. The six towns cited by the Star-Ledger (Princeton, Manalapan, Howell, Montville, South Brunswick and Egg Harbor Township) are mostly affluent, except Egg Harbor which is middle-income. None are impoverished. Meanwhile, Newark (median family income: $31,000) has been unable to reach a no-layoff deal with its police force, says Barro:

Instead, the city will lay off 167 officers and demote 112 more, out of a force of 1,062.
The article portrays the lack of a deal as a matter of size -- the savings Newark wants are too large to be effectively achieved without layoffs. However, this is not convincing; sharp pay and benefit cuts could produce the same savings as layoffs.

The key difference is more likely one of fiscal capacity -- Newark isn't able to give up enough of its proposed savings to entice the union into offering givebacks, says Barro:

Manalapan, where the median family income is $114,000 per year, agreed to not lay off 11 police officers in exchange for overtime changes that will save $300,000 annually. But 11 layoffs would have saved more than $1 million per year; the town will come up with other funds to close the rest of that gap, presumably by raising property taxes.

Newark does not have that kind of running room; the city already faces a high property tax burden and has many vacant properties. And because incomes in Newark are low, such a tax increase would be a significant hardship even for homeowners not in danger of default.

Because unions tend to be dominated by long-serving officers who will be protected in a layoff plan, the union has little reason to cut a no-layoff deal on those terms.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Government Attacking Entrepreneurs : Jobs Lost

Small businesses are the back bone of job creation - Obama is trying to stop this by taxing the small businessman out of existence.

When they say they only want to tax the rich by raising taxes on those making 250,000 or more a year, this means that over 25% of small businesses will be part of this tax. Most small businesses file their returns as individuals.

The government knows this but they move forward anyway.

You decide what is right for our country. More taxes or more freedom.

Encouraging And Keeping Entrepreneurs
Source: Brad Peck, "Encouraging And Keeping Entrepreneurs," U.S. Chamber of Commerce, August 16, 2010.

Cities, states and regions often battle to get the best and the brightest young people to live and work in their locales. Part of this competition involves attracting talented individuals, but another part involves keeping them in the place where they were born and raised, fighting what many observers call "brain drain." Most of the discussion of brain drain focuses on people who work for others. That's understandable given how most people are employed, says the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

But a recent working paper by Chad Moutray of the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration, examines the issue of brain drain among the self-employed. Looking at what happened to the 1993 cohort of college graduates over their first 10 years post graduation, he draws conclusions about the problem of entrepreneurial brain drain:

For the most part, Dr. Moutray found that keeping talented young entrepreneurs isn't all that different from holding on to skilled young employees. He explains, "In labor mobility, the self-employed are very similar to their wage and salary counterparts." And a new study from the Kauffman Foundation shows that keeping entrepreneurs is the key to replenishing the employment market:

Most of the jobs start-ups create remain as the fledgling companies age, creating a lasting effect on the economy.

Although start-ups' employment after five years is 80 percent of what it was when the companies began, many of those jobs remain long term.

In the year 2000, start-ups created almost 3.1 million jobs. Only half of those firms survived to 2005, but the surviving firms maintained 78 percent, or more than 2.4 million, of the jobs that existed in 2000.

Entrepreneurs and small businesses power our nation's job creation machinery, which is why we need enterprising states and an enterprising federal government to do a better job of reducing uncertainty by crafting legislation and regulation that actually facilitates and encourages investment, says the Chamber.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

GOP Establishes Guidelines for Future

The guide lines that the Republicans have undertaken to recapture our country from the liberal elites are founded with historical president. If anyone wanted to find the truth to our recovery all they would have to do is read what happened back in the 1930's under FDR to see what didn't work, and what Ronald Reagan did that did work.

The following is a good place to start but this will require a lot of work and dedication to the principles of Conservative ideals. We have seen the liberalism does not work and has never worked no matter when or where it has been tried. Check out, again, FDR. He failed to bring the country back to prosperity.

Think about these items and how they will begin to heal our country, and then vote in November for Conservatives that will stand behind these principles. If they don't, like Scott Brown, let's recall them!! We have to demand that the politicians do what they say they will do. No more 'Mr. Nice Guy'.

Balance the Budget — Congress must be forced to cut spending. SCF candidates will support a constitutional amendment to balance the federal budget without raising taxes.

Repeal ObamaCare — President Obama's health care takeover is set to destroy American medicine and bankrupt our country. SCF candidates will support legislation to repeal it.

Stop Government Bailouts — Bailouts for taxpayers to reward failure and punish success. SCF candidates will stop bailouts altogether and force corporations to compete.

Ban Earmarks — Congressional earmarks are a gateway drug to higher spending. SCF candidates will ban earmarks and break Washington's addiction to pork.

Secure the Borders — The federal government has failed to enforce our nation's immigration laws. SCF candidates will seal the borders and oppose all forms of amnesty.

Defend the 2nd Amendment — The 2nd Amendment protects our ability to keep and bear arms. SCF candidates will oppose all efforts to eliminate or restrict this right.

Protect Human Life — Human life is precious and it must be protected. SCF candidates will stop all taxpayer funding for abortion.

Establish Term Limits — Our country is being destroyed by career politicians. SCF candidates will support a constitutional amendment establishing congressional term limits.

Success In Stages : Growing Up And Down


At age 4 success is . . . . Not peeing in your pants.

At age 12 success is . . . Having friends.

At age 17 success is . . Having a driver's license.

At age 35 success is . . . .having money.

At age 50 success is . . .. Having money..

At age 70 success is . .. . Having a drivers license.

At age 75 success is . ... . Having friends.

At age 80 success is . . .. Not peeing in your pants

Monday, August 16, 2010

Dogs On Welfare? Dogs Meet Gov. Qualifications

This is cool and I know what everyone will say,
can't be done - heh
Chill out, Okay - kick back and enjoy life a little.

(author Unknown)
This morning I went to sign my Dogs up for welfare. At first the lady said, "Dogs are not eligible to draw welfare". So I explained to her that my Dogs are mixed in color, unemployed, lazy, can't speak English and have no frigging clue who their Daddys are. They expect me to feed them, provide them with housing and medical care, and feel guilty because they are dogs. So she looked in her policy book to see what it takes to qualify. My Dogs get their first checks Friday. Damn this is a great country.

California's Worst Enemy : California Politics

This comes as no surprise. All anyone has to do is look at any state that has been influenced by progressivism, liberalism or socialism of any kind, what become readily apparent is a total lack of engagement of the people to make important decisions on their behalf. Big government is all powerful.

California is a nightmare and threatens the rest of the country with collapse. If California is bailed out then all of the other states that are headed for bankruptcy will also what hand-outs.

How will the taxpayers pay for all this? We have no money now, how can we give them money that will never be paid back for generations, if ever? Have we lost our collective minds?

This has to stop. Period. Not another dollar.

The Golden State's War On Itself
Source: Joel Kotkin, "The Golden State's War on Itself," Manhattan Institute, Summer 2010.

California has long been a destination for those seeking a better place to live. For most of its history, the state enacted sensible policies that created one of the wealthiest and most innovative economies in human history. California realized the American dream but better, fostering a huge middle class that, for the most part, owned their homes, sent their kids to public schools and found meaningful work connected to the state's amazingly diverse, innovative economy. Recently, though, the dream has been fading, says Joel Kotkin, a fellow at Chapman University in Orange, California.

For example:
Between 2003 and 2007, California state and local government spending grew 31 percent, even as the state's population grew just 5 percent.

The overall tax burden as a percentage of state income, once middling among the states, has risen to the sixth highest in the nation.

Since 1990, according to an analysis by California Lutheran University, the state's share of overall U.S. employment has dropped a remarkable 10 percent.

Since the financial crisis began in 2008, the state has fared even worse, says Kotkin:
Last year, California personal income fell 2.5 percent, the first such fall since the Great Depression and well below the 1.7 percent drop for the rest of the country.

Unemployment may be starting to ebb nationwide, but not in California, where it approaches 13 percent, among the highest rates in the nation.

Between 2008 and 2009, not one of California's biggest cities outperformed such traditional laggards as New York, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia in employment growth.

What went so wrong? The answer lies in a change in the nature of progressive politics in California. During the second half of the twentieth century, the state shifted from an older progressivism, which emphasized infrastructure investment and business growth, to a newer version, which views the private sector much the way the Huns viewed a city -- as something to be sacked and plundered, says Kotkin.

The result is two separate California realities: a lucrative one for the wealthy and for government workers, who are largely insulated from economic decline; and a grim one for the private-sector middle and working classes, who are fleeing the state, says Kotkin.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Troops Home Coming Surprising the kids

This is so cool - our troops coming home to be a surprise for their kids and how they react. This is truly just the best!


Obama's Agenda : Sneak Up On Them

Obama's agenda is protrayed here as sneaking up on the majority of the populas as they slept, placing them in chains that will restrict them for generations. When they wake up to their delema it will, of course, be too late.

Luckily it isn't too later for the rest of us, vote for America in November and freedom to chose your own destiny.

John's Chicken Farm
Subject: John's Chicken Farm

John was in the egg business. He had several hundred young layers (hens), called 'pullets', and ten roosters to fertilize them. He kept records, and> any rooster not performing went into the soup pot and was replaced.

This took a lot of time, so he bought some tiny bells and attached them to his roosters. Each bell had a different tone, so he could tell from a distance, which rooster was performing. Now, he could sit on the porch and fill out an efficiency report by just listening to the bells.

John's favorite rooster, Obama, was a very fine specimen, but this morning he noticed Obama's bell hadn't rung at all! When he went to investigate, he saw the other roosters were busy chasing pullets, bells-a-ringing, but the pullets, hearing the roosters coming, would run for cover.

To John's amazement, Obama had thought of a way to do it without work, he had his bell in his beak, so it couldn't ring. He'd sneak up on a pullet, do his job and walk on to the next one. John was so proud of Obama, he entered him in the Chicago County Fair and he> became an overnight sensation among the judges.

The result was the judges not only awarded Obama the No Bell Piece Prize but> they also awarded him the Pulletsurprise as well.

Clearly Obama was a politician. Who else but a politician could figure out how to win two of the most highly coveted awards on our planet by being the best at sneaking up on the populace and screwing them when they weren't paying attention.

Vote carefully next fall, the bells are not always audible.

Friday, August 13, 2010

College Educations Jobs : Minimum Wage

Here is something that I have always believed, a college education means little or nothing when it comes to making big money. It depends on what discipline you got your degree in.

Anyone that has done the four year college thing knows that the number of people that are taking classes have no business being there. They have no clue what is going on except that it's 'party time".

Just think about all the business majors, English majors, Fine Arts of all kinds, even most sciences. They, for the most part, are worthless. These people are lucky if they can land a job at minimum wage, and then a lot of them will get fired because they have no idea what it takes to hold down a full time job. I know people that refused to take a job that they thought wasn't up to there skills - yikes!

Hey, just look at their education - what did they learn that would prepare them to enter the work force? Discipline? A work ethic? If they didn't have these basic for getting and holding a job, they sure won't get them from a college education.

What About the Margin?
Source: George Leef, "This Paper Refutes Itself," Pope Center, August 4, 2010.

In their study, "Help Wanted: Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018," researchers Anthony Carnevale, Nicole Smith and Jeff Strohl conclude that a college degree is definitely "worth it" and that the American workforce will soon face a serious shortage of college-educated workers. However, if you look closely at the data, you reach the opposite conclusions, says George Leef, director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

One of the paper's main arguments is that people with college degrees on average earn substantially more than people who don't, so it follows that the market is indicating the need for more college graduates. While it's true that on average, those who have college degrees earn significantly more than do those without them, but that doesn't tell us anything about the margin, says Leef.

For instance, will an individual who could go to college but is only a mediocre student necessarily enjoy a wage premium if he or she decides on college? A close look at the income distribution data shows:

The top earning category (over $67,500 per year) is dominated by people with college education (76 percent with an associate's degree or higher).
In the lowest two categories, however, you also find a substantial number of college-educated people.

Among those making $20,000 or less annually, 6 percent have master's degrees or higher, 14 percent have bachelor's degrees, and 9 percent have associate's degrees.
Same for the group earning between $20,000 and $35,000 per year -- 5 percent have a master's or higher, 15 percent have a bachelor's, and 11 percent have an associate's degree.

That's a large number of people with college education under their belt who are earning below-average incomes. For quite a few years, scholars have been pointing out that many college graduates spill over into jobs traditionally done by high school graduates (or dropouts), says Leef.

Without realizing it -- the authors of the paper provide corroborative evidence on this point by showing that many college-educated workers are in jobs that do not call for any academic training, says Leef.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Liberal Agenda On Environment A Disaster

By now it should be clear that Al Gore is just another conman using the general public and governments around the world to make money. What does it take to make most people say "wait a minute, this is nonsense, a fraud an outright lie!"? Nearly all of the data that was dumped on us for years has been proven an outright lie, information used to propel and agenda of a small group of people bent on changing the way we live.

I don't know the answer. It is plan as day what is going on but so many still think Al is right.


Where Are Al Gore's Hurricanes?
Source: James M. Taylor, "Where Are Gore's Hurricanes?" Heartland Institute, August 10, 2010

Global tropical cyclone activity (comprised of hurricanes and tropical storms) continues to remain at its lowest level in at least 30 years, according to data from Florida State University. For nearly two years now, global tropical cyclone activity has remained at its lowest level since at least 1979.

According to Florida State hurricane researcher Ryan Maue, it is possible that current accumulated cyclone energy (ACE) is even lower than the extremely low tropical cyclone activity of 1979-1980. "Southern Hemisphere tropical cyclone data is spotty prior to the introduction of reliable satellite monitoring, thus the ACE represented at the beginning of the 1980s is likely underestimated due to missing data.

Thus, it is possible that the current global collapse in TC (tropical cyclone) ACE is comparable to lows experienced prior to 30 years ago," observes Maue on the Florida State University Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies Website.

According to Maue:

Since Hurricane Katrina (August 2005) and the publication of high-profile papers in Nature and Science, global tropical cyclone ACE has collapsed in half.

While the Atlantic on average makes up about 10 percent of the global, yearly hurricane activity, the other 90 percent deserves attention and has been significantly depressed since 2007.


Northern Hemisphere year-to-date ACE is nearing 50 percent below normal.
The Western North Pacific is at 17 percent of normal (of the past 30 year average).

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Gov. Workers Paid Double Private Sector Workers

Little wonder the federal government is growing at such a fast rate. Actually it is the only sector in the economy that is growing.

Remember Obama said that he would hire 650,000 new works for the federal government to implement his new "change", read this as transformation from free enterprise to government control. And one doesn't have to look that hard to find this stuff in our local government as well.

Ever wonder why our local taxes are going so fast?

Federal Workers Earning Double Their Private Counterparts

Source: Dennis Cauchon, "Federal workers earning double their private counterparts," USA Today, August 10, 2010.

At a time when workers' pay and benefits have stagnated, federal employees' average compensation has grown to more than double what private sector workers earn, a USA Today analysis finds.

Federal workers have been awarded bigger average pay and benefit increases than private employees for nine years in a row. The compensation gap between federal and private workers has doubled in the past decade.

According to the latest data:

Federal civil servants earned average pay and benefits of $123,049 in 2009 while private workers made $61,051 in total compensation, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

The federal compensation advantage has grown from $30,415 in 2000 to $61,998 last year.
Chris Edwards, a budget analyst at the libertarian Cato Institute, asks, "Can't we now all agree that federal workers are overpaid and do something about it?"

Last week, President Obama ordered a freeze on bonuses for 2,900 political appointees:
For the rest of the 2 million person federal workforce, Obama asked for a 1.4 percent across-the-board pay hike in 2011, the smallest in more than a decade; federal workers also would qualify for seniority pay hikes.
Congressional Republicans want to cancel the across-the-board increase in 2011, which would save $2.2 billion. "Americans are fed up with public employee pay scales far exceeding that in the private sector," says Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the second-ranking Republican in the House.

What the data show:

Federal workers received average benefits worth $41,791 in 2009; most of this was the government's contribution to pensions. Employees contributed an additional $10,569.
The average federal salary has grown 33 percent faster than inflation since 2000.
USA Today reported in March that the federal government pays an average of 20 percent more than private firms for comparable occupations, but the analysis did not consider differences in experience and education.

Federal compensation has grown 36.9 percent since 2000 after adjusting for inflation, compared with 8.8 percent for private workers.

Obamanomics Video : Short Sales Corruption

If you are confused about the financial mess, witch this video and then you make a decision about what is happening with out government.


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Obama's New Stimulus Buying Democrat Votes

How can the insanity get any worse and then it does - using tax dollars to buy votes for Democrats in trouble is over the edge. But maybe worse, still many of our friends and neighbors believe there is nothing wrong with this agenda.

Maybe they have no idea what is going on? Maybe their knowledge of our impending collapse is due to the main stream media not reporting anything that has to do with bad news on the economy or Obama's "Hope and Change" nightmare.

More Stimulus Poison
Source: E.J. McMahon, "More stimulus poison," New York Post, August 6, 2010.

Just when it looked like New York's free-spending public schools were about to do some serious belt-tightening, along comes the U.S. Senate to clear the way for another $26 billion "stimulus" dose, says E.J. McMahon, director of the Manhattan Institute's Empire Center for New York State Policy.

The $26 billion "stimulus" package will be enough to undo a large chunk of the $1.4 billion school aid cut that Gov. Paterson fought to preserve in the recently enacted 2010-2011 state budget. The state, the city and local school districts have burned through about $17 billion in federal stimulus funds, including amounts budgeted for this year. Assuming the next round of state and local stimulus wins House approval next week, the result will be even more spending that New York taxpayers cannot possibly sustain -- and that Washington cannot indefinitely subsidize, says McMahon. Keep in mind:

New York's school spending of $17,173 per pupil as of 2007-2008 was the highest of any state -- 67 percent above the national average, according to the latest Census Bureau data.

Between 2000-2001 and 2008-2009, New York schools added 14,746 teachers and 8,655 nonteaching professionals -- even as enrollment was dropping by 121,280 pupils.

Confronted with an average 5 percent state-aid cut, school districts tapped their reserves, trimmed programs and held down tax hikes in their proposed 2010-2011 budgets.

Mayor Bloomberg announced in June that he would avoid layoffs in New York City schools by withdrawing his offer of a pay hike for city teachers.

Congressional Republicans who opposed the latest stimulus measure are right on the money when they point out that the new package -- including funds that must be spent to rehire teachers or sustain payrolls -- is an enormous gift by Democrats to their public-employee union allies, says McMahon.

Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch is of the opinion that federal stimulus aid comes with strings that prevent states from economizing in areas such as education and health care. "The federal stimulus has led states to increase overall spending in these core areas," he says, "which in effect has only raised the height of the cliff from which state spending will fall if stimulus funds evaporate."

Monday, August 09, 2010

Obama AND Ms. Sherrod Arrange Fraud? Pigford vs Glickman

Is this right? I can't verify the author but does seem to have some credibility as this URL does point to the facts.

You decide.

Pigford vs Glickman

Thank our Obamanation again….Check out the Shirley Sherrod ‘white farmer’ scandal described below. Would you believe the government gave $1.25 billion to “black farmers”…your tax $$$ at work…redistributed…FRAUD

I did not write this, but I do understand what it says…

*It all began last Monday, July 22, 2010. As the country watched in horror, Breitbart released a snippet of a tape on his “Big Government” site which showed an obscure black female official of the Dept. of Agriculture laughing to a roomful of NAACP members about how she’d discriminated against a destitute white farmer and refused to give him the financial aid he desperately needed. As she smirked to the room, she’d sent him instead to a white lawyer – ‘one of his own kind’ – for help. The black woman was Shirley Sherrod – and almost immediately she became the center of a firestorm of controversy which exploded throughout the country.

Within a day of the release of that infamous tape, the head of the Dept. of Agriculture, spurred on by Obama, demanded – and received – Sherrod’s resignation. But then seemingly Breitbart’s actions began to explode in his face. As Sherrod screamed in protest, FOX News released the entire text of her speech last March to the NAACP. And there on tape Sherrod was shown supposedly repenting of her racism against a white farmer and instead championing his fight to win funds to keep his farm afloat.

Within hours of that entire tape being revealed, the entire world turned against Andrew Breitbart. Conservatives throughout the country were enraged that he’d endangered their reputations by releasing a ‘doctored’ tape. Breitbart, they thundered, had dealt a fatal blow to the conservative media.

I confess that I also was horrified at what I saw as the clumsiness and stupidity of Breitbart in ‘doctoring’ a tape to make a supposedly innocent woman look guilty. But now I discover I have been as guilty of haste to judgment of Breitbart as the Dept. of Agriculture was of Ms. Sherrod. Only now am I realizing the real purpose for Breitbart’s release of that tape snippet. It was to allow him to cunningly trick the media into exposing one of the most shocking examples of corruption in the federal government – a little known legal case called “Pigford v. Glickman”.


“In 1997, 400 African-American farmers sued the United States Department of Agriculture, alleging that they had been unfairly denied USDA loans due to racial discrimination during the period 1983 to 1997.” The case was entitled “Pigford v. Glickman” and in 1999, the black farmers won their case. The government agreed to pay each of them as much as $50,000 to settle their claims. But then on February 23 of this year, something shocking happened in relation to that original judgment. In total silence, the USDA agreed to release more funds to “Pigford”. The amount was a staggering $1.25 billion. This was because the original number of plaintiffs – 400 black farmers – had now swollen in a class action suit to include a total of 86,000 black farmers throughout **America** .

There was only one teensy problem. The **United States of America** doesn’t have 86,000 black farmers.

According to accurate and totally verified census data, the total number of black farmers throughout **America** is only 39,697.Oops. Well, gosh – how on earth did 39,697 explode into 86,000 claims? And how did $50,000 explode into $1.25 billion? Well, folks, you’ll just have to ask the woman who not only spearheaded this case because of her position in 1997 at the “Rural Development Leadership Network” but whose family received the highest single payout (approximately $13 million) from that action – Shirley Sherrod.

Oops again. Yes, folks. It appears that Ms. Sherrod had just unwittingly exposed herself as the perpetrator of one of the biggest fraud claims in the **United States** – a fraud enabled solely because she screamed racism at the government and cowed them into submission. And it gets even more interesting. Ms. Sherrod has also exposed the person who aided and abetted her in this race fraud. As it turns out, the original judgment of “Pigford v. Glickman” in 1999 only applied to a total of 16,000 black farmers. But in 2008, a junior Senator got a law passed to reopen the case and allow more black farmers to sue for funds. The Senator was Barack Obama.

Because this law was passed in dead silence and because the woman responsible for spearheading it was an obscure USDA official, American taxpayers did not realize that they had just been forced in the midst of a worldwide depression to pay out more than $1.25 billion to settle a race claim. But Breitbart knew. And last Monday, **July 22, 2010**, he cleverly laid a trap which Sherrod – and Obama – stumbled headfirst into which has now resulted in the entire world discovering the existence of this corrupt financial judgment. **

As for Ms. Sherrod? Well, she’s discovered too late that her cry of ‘racism’ to the media which was intended to throw the spotlight on Breitbart has instead thrown that spotlight on herself – and her corruption.

Sherrod has vanished from public view. Her ‘pigs’, it seems, have come home to roost.Oink!*

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Financial Shell Game Video : Govmt. Slight of Hand

If you believe that our government is serious about financial reform, watch this video and then you decide. A true shell game played on the taxpayers by our government. Watch t he hands as they move the shells, the perfect sucker game.

Is this fact? What reason do these people have to lie? Check them out at the FDIC or where ever you like. The out come will be the same. We, as taxpayers, are still getting screwed. It never stops.

Obama says he's going after the rich to take their profits and give them to those that have no idea how to earn a living. But in reality, he is supporting the rich and enslaving the middle class to support his Marxist government agenda, income redistribution, and his political friends.

If you voted for "hope and change" back in 2008, and after you watch this video, ask your self, 'is this what I voted for'?


Saturday, August 07, 2010

Liberal Environmentalists Seek Power Thru Misinformation

I think my use of the term 'misinformation' here is incorrect - the liberal Democrat environmentalists use out right lies to get what they want and that's power to control the agenda, this means what ever they think is best for the population. This also means absolute power over all of us.

The BP oil spill paints a perfect picture of just who the liberal environmentalists and the liberal Democrats are that occupy the majority in congress. I believe most of us knew who they are but the facts that have come to light in the last several days about the lack of oil in the water and just how much came ashore proves beyond a doubt that our government lied to us for purely political reasons.

They didn't care one bit about the environment. Let's see, 50 days of doing nothing to stop the oil from getting out of control. It's just another raw, blatant grab for power.

Let's see now, the BP executive that testified that this wasn't a big spill and that the sea would take care of it was RIGHT!! But what happened to him? He got fired and was vilified by everyone, especially the Marxist Democrat press. And who was wrong, everyone on the band wagon pushing and shoving to get in front of the cameras. Chaos and crisis should not be wasted.

I am ashamed of our government and especially our congress. Little wonder that they a 11% approval rating, and that's probably to high.

Lessons From The Horizon Blowout: More Hype Than Harm
Source: H. Sterling Burnett, "Lessons from the Horizon blowout: More hype than harm," The Hill, August 5, 2010

Only two weeks after BP began capping the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blowout, people have begun to ask, "Where's the oil?" The fact that skimmer ships sent out to clean the water of oil are unable to find oil to clean is leading the mainstream media to question whether environmentalists tried to exploit this unfortunate event by making it seem worse than it really was for political reasons, says H. Sterling Burnett, a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis.

Fortunately, the damage from the spill is proving far less than the frightful claims of environmentalists, says Burnett: The Horizon blowout has killed far less than 1 percent of the number of birds killed by the Exxon Valdez spill. And while we've heard horror stories and seen pictures of oil-coated marine mammals, it turns out to be the same pictures shown over and over again since wildlife response teams have only collected three visibly oil-coated dead mammals thus far.

It's true that about 350 acres of Louisiana's valuable coastal marshes have been soaked by oil; however, this is far less than the 15,000 acres of wetlands lost each year in no small part because of federal programs.

Despite the spill, the region's fish and shrimp have tested clean, prompting the gradual lifting of the harsh restrictions that had shut down the fishing and shrimping industries.

Environmentalists hyped the spill in an attempt to push the Senate to pass the largest energy tax in history. Though the Senate's energy bill had nothing to do with the safety of offshore oil rigs, the green lobby tried to link the two in the public's mind. Fortunately, neither the public nor, ultimately, many senators were buying it, says Burnett.

Unfortunately, environmentalists were successful in convincing the Obama administration to shut down new offshore oil and gas production after the spill. This was despite that fact that the scientific panel that President Obama appointed to recommend a response said that a moratorium was unjustified and could make a bad situation worse, says Burnett.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Obama Free Money Policy A Failure : Surprise?

Why is this a surprise? Anytime there is free money there is fraud. A total failure. Nothing can be created without effort.

THERE IS NO FREE LUNCH! Why is this rocket science?

Stimulus Spending A Failure Again
Source: Citizens Against Government Waste, "Stimulus Spending a Failure Again," Hawaii Reporter, August 3, 2010.

The nation's premier taxpayer watchdog group, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), today expressed more outrage at the Obama administration's $862 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), or "stimulus" package, following the release of a new study by Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.). The report highlighted the fact that some stimulus programs led to job losses, instead of job creation.

The report also detailed more questionable uses of the stimulus money, including:

$1.2 million for converting an abandoned train station into a museum in New Jersey.
$762,372 to develop interactive dance software in North Carolina.
$554,763 for new windows in a visitor's center that closed in 2007 in Washington.

President Obama promised that 90 percent of the jobs created would be in the private sector and that unemployment would drop to 8 percent, but the only positive job creation has been in the public sector, as private sector unemployment has risen to 9.5 percent, said CAGW President Tom Schatz.

According to Schatz:
The administration's spokespersons have been all over the board on job creation numbers, claiming anywhere from 640,000 to 2 million. Yet the numbers show more than 3.4 million jobs have been lost since President Obama promised to create more than 3 million jobs when he announced the stimulus package 18 months ago.

"While touting the stimulus as part of the effort to get the country out of the Great Recession, all it has done is help to create the Great Debt," says Schatz.

The 74-page report scrutinized 100 stimulus projects. A news report by CNBC highlighted the fact that the study spotlights everything from federal stimulus money that went to study the effects of cocaine on monkeys to dollars that went to construction projects that blocked access to local businesses -- which laid off employees as a result.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Bush Tax Cuts To Expire : Revenues WILL Fall

I know many people have given this some thought as talk increases over the Bush tax cuts that are about to expire. Just how much more can the population pay to support programs that are designed to transfer funds from the productive to the unproductive. How much revenue will be lost with higher taxes resulting in lost jobs?

Obama told us before the voting even started that he was going to seek 'income redistribution'. He told us energy prices would go up with his 'cap and tax' program, a form of tax disguised as rate increases. Where do you think all the money is coming from for the bailouts? Stimulus programs? More taxes but no more jobs! If people don't have jobs they can't pay taxes.

Many in the Obama administration believe that they haven't spent enough! Where will that money come from? hmmmmm - I know, more and higher taxes. More debt.

If you will remember, he told us exactly what he was going to do but to so many it didn't matter. Was it fear of being called a racist if you didn't want Obama? Was it self loathing for thinking prosperity was founded in wanting to be better than you are right now, while others were hurting? Was it that so many in our fellow citizens are just plain ignorant of politics and the real world?

What ever the case, it worked on a majority of voters. Now we have to figure out how to clean up the mess and soon.

The Limit Of Tax Revenues
Source: David Ranson, "The Limit of Tax Revenues," National Center for Policy Analysis, August 4, 2010.

"Hauser's Law" (named after W. Kurt Hauser of the Hoover Institution) states that there has been a close proportionality between revenue and gross domestic product (GDP) since World War II, despite big changes in marginal tax rates in both directions.

The law states that there is a kind of capacity ceiling for federal tax receipts of about 19 percent of GDP.

In short, Hauser's Law provides a simple basis for testing the validity of any government's revenue projections, says David Ranson, president and director of research of H.C. Wainwright & Co. Economics: Today, since the U.S. economy already suffers from a large output gap that is expected to take many years to close, 18.3 percent must be a realistic upper limit on the ratio of budget revenues to GDP for years to come.

Any major tax increase will reduce GDP and therefore revenues too.

How long does it take to fire up the economy once capital is more readily available? The answer is: Longer than it takes to close it down.

According to Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projections based on the current budget:
The revenue-to-GDP ratio could reach 18.3 percent as early as 2013 and rise to 19.6 percent in 2020.

Such numbers implicitly assume that the U.S. labor market will get back to sustainable "full employment" by 2013 and that GDP will exceed its potential thereafter. However, when the projections are tempered by the constraints of Hauser's Law, it is clear that deficit spending will grow faster than the official estimates show, says Ranson.

For budget planning, it is wiser and safer to assume that tax receipts will remain at a historically realistic ratio to GDP no matter how tax rates are manipulated. That leads to the conclusion that current projections of federal revenue are, once again, unrealistically high, says Ranson.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Mosque At Ground ZERO : Watch Jumpers on 9/11

If you think that putting this mosque at ground zero is a good idea, then think again after you watch this video of fellow Americans jumping out of the burning towers.

Is it possible that we can forget what the Islamic terrorists did to us? Can we actually say, 'sure go ahead and build this monument to the success of the terrorists that killed 3000 of our citizens, we don't care, we just want you to like us"?

Are we as American this lacking in pride and love of country?


British Health Care Gaggs/Bribs/Intimidates Doctors

I wonder what the liberal brain dead will say about this great system that the Brits have after reading this report, and then demand that we copy what they have.

It never ceases to amaze me that the mind of a liberal can look at stark reality and believe, in their black hearts, that it is something completely different. This has to be in their DNA - no real person based on common sense could do this.

Source: Nigel Morris, "Millions spent on doctor 'gagging orders' by NHS, investigation finds," The Independent (UK), August 2, 2010.

Doctors who quit their jobs are being routinely forced to sign "gagging orders" despite legislation designed to protect whistleblowers in the National Health Service (NHS), Great Britain's government-run health care system, says the Independent.

Millions of pounds of taxpayers' money are being spent on contracts that deter doctors from speaking out about incompetence and mistakes in patient care. Nearly 90 percent of severance agreements hammered out between NHS trusts and departing doctors contain confidentiality clauses, says the Independent.

According to a joint investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Channel 4 News:

At least 170 doctors in England and Wales agreed to such a settlement with the trust employing them -- backed up by payoffs totaling more than £3 million (about U.S. $4 million). Fifty-five of the 64 contracts supplied by the trusts to the investigation team contained gagging clauses; the agreements have to be approved by the Treasury.

The bureau discovered that a further 19 NHS staff who decided to go to employment tribunals after blowing the whistle on hospital standards eventually settled before their allegations were made public.

The widespread use of "gagging orders" against senior NHS staff that could raise patient safety concerns will intensify the doubts over the protection given to whistleblowers, says the Independent.

Campaign groups claim that NHS managers sometimes resort to intimidating medics to keep them from coming forward, while others that break cover can face years of expense and uncertainty before their cases reach court. The result, they say, is that doctors accept the gagging clauses in order to protect their careers and avoid legal wrangling.

Using Freedom of Information (FoI) requests, it emerged that 71 NHS trusts had entered into these agreements with a total of 170 doctors, although the true figure could be higher, as many failed to respond:

Twenty-two of the agreements were signed at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

Forty spent a total of just over £3 million (about U.S. $4 million) on the agreements; however, a further 31 trusts simply refused to disclose the size of the payments.

Another 19 health whistleblowers decided to take their cases to court, but abandoned them after signing so-called compromise agreements with employers.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Government Targeting Veterians / Retired Police

The Obama administration is leaving little question as to their motives regarding gun control. As I see it, the people are under attack in this country for anything that resembles personal freedom.

Disarming the nation is a sure way to bring the people under control, and starting with those that have the most experience handling weapons, the combat vets and retired police officers, is a good place for them to start.

This information is not readily available and there is a chance it is not true, but none the less stay alert to what you say to any official of the government as it might come back to you in spades.

(author unknown)
From a Vietnam Vet and retired Police Officer:

I had a doctors appointment at the local VA clinic yesterday and found out something very interesting that I would like to pass along. While going through triage before seeing the doctor, I was asked at the end of the exam, three questions:

1. Did I feel stressed?
2. Did I feel threatened?
3. Did I feel like doing harm to someone?

The nurse then informed me, that if I had answered yes to any of thequestions, *I would have lost my concealed carry permit*as it would have gone into my medical recordsand the VA would have reported it to Homeland Security.

Looks like they are going after the vets first. Other gun people like retired law enforcement will probably be next. Then when they go after the civilians, what argument will they have? Be forewarned and be aware. The Obama administration has gone on record as considering veterans and gunowners potential terrorists.

*If you are a gun owner, veteran or not, ***you've been warned. If you know veterans and/or gun owners, please pass this on **to them. Be very cautious about what you say and to whom.**

From a friend last month, at my VA med visit, they asked me exactly the same questions and I asked them why they never asked them before and their answer was that it is a new policy that they must ask all vets!!

Monday, August 02, 2010

Baptist Cowboy Rolls With the Punches : Good Humor

The Baptist Cowboy

A cowboy, who just moved to Wyoming from Texas , walks into a bar and orders three mugs of Bud. He sits in the back of the room, drinking a sip out of each one in turn. When he finishes them, he comes back to the bar and orders three more.The bartender approaches and tells the cowboy, "You know, a mug goes flat after I draw it. It would taste better if you bought one at a time."

The cowboy replies, "Well, you see, I have two brothers. One is in Arizona ,the other is in Colorado . When we all left our home in Texas , we promised that we'd drink this way to remember the days when we drank together. So I'm drinking one beer for each of my brothers and one for myself."The bartender admits that this is a nice custom, and leaves it there.

The cowboy becomes a regular in the bar, and always drinks the same way. He orders three mugs and drinks them in turn. One day, he comes in and only orders two mugs. All the regulars take notice and fall silent. When he comes back to the bar for the second round, the bartender says, "I don't want to intrude on your grief, but I wanted to offer my condolences on your loss."

The cowboy looks quite puzzled for a moment, then a light dawns in his eyes and he laughs."Oh, no, everybody's just fine," he explains, "It's just that my wife and I joined the Baptist Church and I had to quit drinking." "Hasn't affected my brothers though."

Islam At Ground Zero : A Nation Inside America

Great video on Islam and just what it stands for. Take a minute and think about what he is saying and how it relates to what you know about Islam and it's agenda for the Democrat Western countries.

Is this the truth? Is this just radical Islam? Will the nations of Islam fall into place if the radicals gain power? What is the true nature of this religion? What does the Koran really say about tolerance and freedom of religion and thought?

I believe most of us have little idea of what the war on terror is all about let alone the history of Islam over the last several thousand years. Try and visualize how you will feel if a completely separate nation is established in America. One that is outside of American law and tradition.

Take a minute to think about the consequences of foregoing rational thought.


Sunday, August 01, 2010

Gun Control Explained

Just so you would have no doubt as to what Gun Control was all about, here is a definition to explain it.

Is this right or is this just 'mud in the eye' from the left. hmmmmm

GUN CONTROL: The theory that people who are willing to ignore laws against rape, torture, kidnapping, theft and murder will obey a law which prevents them from owning a firearm!