From the Point of View of a Red State American
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Ron Paul Ended His Bid For the White House Tonight
1) Paul actually called the Occupy Wall Street protesters victims. Victims? Really? Did anyone force them to go take out student loans? Did anyone force them to go into massive debt for an education? I don't think so. Doug Schoen in the Wall Street Journal, today (click HERE for the article) wrote an op ed after his polling firm went down and polled the occupy wall street protesters. The only real thing that these people have in common is that they share a hard left, almost Marxist ideology. In the piece, Schoen warns Obama to not support them.
2) Paul said the US should end all foreign aid to Israel. While I understand his libertarian ideology is such that he believes that all foreign aide should be ended, I think this is a huge misstep. Israel is one of our most loyal allies. Israel is the only functioning democracy in the Middle East. Israel is the only sane voice in the middle east. We need to continue to help support Israel.
3) Congressman Paul called the people being held at Gitmo "suspects." These are not common criminals. These are enemy combatants who would detonate a nuclear bomb in the US if they could get their hands on one. They are not really entitled to protections under the Geneva Conventions, since they do not adhere to any of the normal rules of war. To call them "suspects" means that they deserve constitutional protections. These men deserve none of that. They are enemy combatants. Most of them are terrorists, and we know that a majority of those who have been released have gone back to fight against the US in the country that they were captured in.
So long Congressman. It was nice getting to know you.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Why neither side is serious about deficit reduction and spending
Monday, July 25, 2011
Truths in the Debt Ceiling Talk
Before the 2010 midterm elections, the democrat controlled house and senate, passed a budget that added somewhere between 1.5 and 1.6 trillion dollars to the national debt. The budget was signed into law by President Obama. True the 2008-09 budget that both Bush and Obama had their hands on was somewhere between 1.2 and 1.4 trillion dollars. But remember that without TARP the deficit for FY 08-09 would have been about 400 to 600 billion dollars (still an obscene amount of money, but less than half of Obama's 09-10 FY budget).
Since the '09 budget, the still democrat controlled senate has not submitted a new budget. This means quite simply that the government is stuck with the old gargantuan budget which includes adding about $1.6 trillion to the national debt.
What angers me most is that this president and the democrats are now talking about "shared sacrifice" as a means to force down the throats of the American people tax increases. I keep reading (Ezra Klein of the Washington Post is the latest) to say that "most economists" agree that the debt crisis can only be solved through a combination of tax increases and spending cuts. I reject this utterly false argument.
How does a government expand its spending by 100% in less than two years and then have the gall to tell us that they don't have enough tax revenue and need more?
Before I or any other reasonable conservative will consider that tax increases are necessary to balance the budget, what must happen first is that Congress and the President must cut spending. This does not mean to limit the amount of increase (which is a cut to people in congress). It means to spend less this year than you did last year. Increase the debt limit and gut spending to pre 2008 levels. Once you have demonstrated that you can exercise real fiscal discipline, then we can discuss additional revenue. If Americans fall for this ruse, and tax increases happen, there will be no cuts in spending.
Consider this. Since 1968 (and I dare say never in US history) has the US government's spending gone down from one year to the next year. Government always spends more. This has to stop.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
The Debt Ceiling...
Thursday, July 07, 2011
U2 and the Blind Guitarist.
Oh, and in case you did not notice, Bono did not give him just any guitar. He gave Adam his Grectsh Irish Falcon. Just awesome.
As I watched this video, I asked myself, "How many rock stars or bands would do such a thing?" The only answer I can come up with is very few. Now I don't know Bono and U2 and I have no idea how these men really are, but for that moment self aggrandizement and self promotion gave way to selflessness and charity. So often all we hear is the selfish and debauched acts of rock stars and movie stars alike. This little act reminded me that in that world there still are a few decent people who still care for others.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Obama has no interest in job creation...
The latest example of this comes from THIS story in the New York Times. The headline reads that the Obama Administration objects to the Alaska Oil and Gas Development bill. Never mind that such a bill would only help the US's issues with gas prices and US demand for foreign. Never mind that the the environmentalist wacko's have hijacked this issue and are completely opposed to developing an area that is less than 1% of the Refuge. Never mine that 75% of Alaskans support drilling in ANWR. Never mind that using domestic sources of oil over foreign sources (from countries like Saudi Arabia and Libya) makes sense.
According to ANWR.org developing and drilling for oil in ANWR would create between 250,000 and 750,000 jobs.
Objecting or opposing this legislation makes no sense on so many levels. Look at the positives that this bill would bring:
1) America's dependence on foreign oil would decrease.
2) A larger supply or even the expectation of a larger supply of oil would help to bring down the cost of oil traded on the stock market.
3) With advances in drilling techniques, the environmental impact on ANWR is tiny.
4) From this project alone as was stated above between 250 k and 750 k new jobs would be created.
5) More people working means more people paying taxes, and more people spending which in turn will stimulate further economic growth.
High unemployment will continue to be a massive drag on any economic recovery. The only real way that government can really affect the economy is through taxation and government regulation. If Obama wants to have any chance at reelection, he is going to have to lower taxes and cut out regulations that hinder job growth. Obama, however is a rigid ideologue who would rather sacrifice jobs to save the Caribou, than do what it take to get the American economy rolling again. Obama's big ears seem to be deaf to the outcry from jobless Americans who are suffering.
Well at least Michelle, Sasha and Malia, will get to go to Botswana for their summer vacation, err "Official State Visit."
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Why Obama's policies have not worked.
Flash forward to 2008. The economy starts to tank, and the man in the White House and his party are blamed. Should they be? Well I say to some degree yes. Because of loose monetary policy coupled with out of control spending that were at least to some degree contributing factors. However these policies were not and should not be considered free market policies. Obama sweeps into office under perfect economic and political conditions and starts a new round of Keynesian policies that would never and will never work.
:Lets look at the stimulus package that was passed when Obama first took office. His $787 billion (an unheard of amount of money), we were told, would keep unemployment down. In fact we were promised that the so called stimulus would keep the unemployment rate below 8%. Unemployment went up past 10% for a time and has not dropped below 8.9% since (the rate is at 9.1% now). As the rate continued to skyrocket the left wing Keynesian economists just shrugged their shoulders and blamed Bush, saying the economy Obama inherited was much worse than originally thought.
What should have been reported by the main stream press was that this stimulus had no way of working, and there is one simple reason, the stimulus money was spent on crap, and not on things that would stimulate the conomy. Take a look at recovery.gov. They have a pie chart break down of what was spent. There is so much in there that I don't have time to write it all here, but it is obvious that these yahoos in the Obama administration had no clue as to how to stimulate the economy. Take a look at the breakdown of where the money was spent. The only thing that translates to job growth was the money spent on infrastructure. Considering all of this stuff was temporary, those jobs would eventually disappear. A bunch of the money was spent on retraining of workers. Great, retrain people, but if there is no one to hire them, then where are they going to work when they are retrained.
The only way to really stimulate the economy is by stimulating the private sector. Somewhere around 70% of jobs in the US (still looking for confirmation of this statistic) are private sector jobs. Consider the fact that if the private sector is stimulated, and the economy starts moving again, companies will pay more taxes (due to increased profits), people will pay more income tax (because more people will be working), and consumers will buy more products leading to more tax revenue. It really is simple, but the left just can't see this. They believe that profits are evil and that government bureaucrats can make these decisions better than the hard working Americans.
History has shown that these policies don't work, but it does not stop the central planners from continuing to try. We must stop them.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
National Debt and Deficit Spending
Friday, June 10, 2011
Should people vote for Mormon for High Office?
The following is a link to an article in the Washington Post, written by Michael Otterson, Official spokesperson for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Rather than try to put some original thoughts down on in my blog, I will just give you the reference and say, I agree with this article 100%.
I will add that I personally have not made a decision about who I will vote for in the next election. I personally like Mitt Romeny, but there are several other candidates that I like as well including Herman Cain. When it gets closer to the primaries, I will make my decision.
Let me also say, that there is no way in H#@! I would ever vote for Harry Reid if he were my Senator. It does not matter that he and I share the same religion. That is about the only common belief we share.
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Obama Fiddles while...
|The Obamas with the German Chancelor|
In all honesty I could care less. When I saw this image, I became instantly frustrated and even more disgusted with this President than I usually am. This was his 4th State dinner in less than two and a half years. Forget the cost of such a dinner in a time when this country is accumulating debt faster than Sylvester can say "Suffering Succotash." Forget the fact that President George W. Bush had just 6 (count them, 6) State Dinners in eight years (Yes at this rate if Obama is reelected --Heaven Forbid--he will have between 13 and 16).
He, his wife and family, seem to be oblivious to the plight of regular Americans. The U.S. is drowning in debt. Many Americans are upside down in their homes (including me). Unemployment is at 9.1% (Gallup puts the rate higher). Gas prices are as high as $4.00 per gallon, in some places. GDP has fallen to 1.2% in the last quarterly report. The U.S. Military is fighting three wars (Iraq, Afghanistan and Lybia) Yet, Obama and his wife parade around in lavish clothes, host State Dinners, play round after round of golf (the latest count I could find was 64 rounds--Bush played 32 in 8 years) and seemingly live it up. Americans are suffering. Way too many people are out of work. Gas prices have stretched already thin family budgets even thinner. In such difficult times, the supposed leader of his people should not be seen "living it up."
His decision to continue to do so, is more than just poor judgement or bad advice. First it shows a stunning lack of restraint. But more importantly it makes him look out of touch, and smacks of extreme hubris.
Obama and State Dinners
Last night President Obama had his 4th State dinner since taking office in January 2009. By comparison George W. Bush had 6 State dinners in 8 years. If Obama is reelected (heaven forbid), he will have between 13 and 15 state dinners. More on why this bothers me later. Blogging on my virtual keyboard, on my android phone is annoying.
Saturday, April 09, 2011
Simple statistic about the compromise that avoided a shut down.
The 38 billion in spending cuts agreed upon in this amazing, historic compromise will shrink the deficit by a whopping 2%. This compromise constitutes the largest spending cut in history, and the deficit will still grow by a whopping 1.57 trillion dollars this year.
We are on the road to ruin.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Are you kidding me?
The question is will the press be as critical toward President Obama playing golf (he does all the time) and taping himself filling out NCAA tournament brackets while regular Americans are still suffering? I wouldn't hold my breath.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Who's to blame for this Oil Spike!
But there has been no criticism from the mainstream press about President Obama's equally short sited and horribly flawed energy policy (if there is in fact any energy policy) since he has been in office. In fact President Obama's foreign, economic, and energy policies can easily be blamed for the spike in oil and gas prices.
The fact is that our country is years away from a viable alternative solution to oil, that is both somewhat cheap and efficient. When the last spike happened, it became clear that the US is extremely vulnerable to such a spike. The answers then were clear. Intellegent thinking people said the US should 1) explore and develop its own sources of oil and energy, that are all over the US (places like ANWR, the Gulf of Mexico) and 2) use tax breaks and incentives to spur research and development into alternative sources of energy.
Bush tried in his last few months to open up oil exploration, but as soon as Obama became president he stopped that stuff cold. Furthermore, when the spill happened in the gulf last summer, Obama used that excuse to place a six month moratorium on oil drilling. Many of those off shore rigs have now been moved to other parts of the world and are being used there. So even though the moratorium has been lifted, drilling is not going on. There are also massive amounts of oil under a tiny portion of ANWR and the northern US that have yet to be tapped. Some estimates put these reserves at as much as what is underneath the Middle East. Obama refuses to allow more exploration and drilling, and has told everyone to not worry about the rising oil prices. Its easy for him to say, as he lives in the White House with his secret service detail, fleet of limousines, helicopters and Air Force One, but people like me that are struggling to make ends meet in a teetering economy, are worried that any of what little extra we have, will soon go toward putting gasoline in our cars.
Remember, Mr. President, the last time such a spike happened, the party in power lost both houses in congress and the White House. Good luck on that "Don't worry" strategy.
Sunday, March 06, 2011
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