29 July 2009

14 Pounds, 1 Foot High, Nobodys Read It

The hypocrisy of a hypocrite...

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25 July 2009

How Obama Got Elected And Media Malpractice

How Obama Got Elected

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How To Save California

California woman offers up her solutions for saving the state...

After all, we should all be more like California.

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Dodd Keeps Taking Lobbyist Money Despite Claiming Independence - Political News - FOXNews.com

Dodd Keeps Taking Lobbyist Money Despite Claiming Independence - Political News - FOXNews.com

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Has Liberalism Jumped the Shark?

Has Liberalism Jumped the Shark?

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22 July 2009

The Prescription For Disaster

No matter what your position is on health care, this is too big to ram through without anyone reading the bill. We should all, especially those of us that pay taxes, have the chance to read, understand and know what it is that is going to be done to us. Now, more than ever, it is time to do your homework. Here are a few articles to ponder...

Beware of Comprehensive Health Care Reform

NYPost: Rx For Disaster

Forbes: Rationing Health Care

Stossel: Arrogance

The Congressional Budget Office: By the end of the 10-year period, in 2019, the coverage provisions would add $202 billion to the federal deficit, CBO and JCT estimate. That increase would be partially offset by net cost savings of $50 billion and additional revenues of $86 billion, resulting in a net increase in the deficit of an estimated $65 billion.

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19 July 2009

Thrown Under The Bus

Commerce Secretary sheds some light on why Americans are going to pay for their wrongs...

Reuters: U.S. should pay for carbon content of imported goods-Locke

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Trips Abroad

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17 July 2009

The Fall Of The Republic

Alexander Fraser Tytler, lawyer and writer, is credited (although it is undocumented) with the following:

A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:
From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage.

"Alexander Fraser Tytler." Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. 03 July2009. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Fraser_Tytler. Under Creative Commons License.

The founding fathers studied this and feared it. The reason that The United States was set up as a republic and not a democracy is because they were attempting to break this cycle. They knew that if people could vote themselves entitlements, they most certainly would.

The Republic has outlasted the Tytler Cycle, so far. The problem is that the country has shifted backward, rather than moved forward. Unfortunately, many do not understand this, as they really have not been students of history.

If you think about what is going on right now with regards to the shift to an entitlement society, the case can certainly be made that we are at the "From apathy to dependence" stage of the cycle. Voters are voting for promises of stuff they want (i.e. health care), therefore allowing the government to grow and take over more aspects of their lives.

If they do not wake up and see what is happening, it will not be long before they move back into the bondage stage our forefathers fought so hard to escape.

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Barbara Boxer Disgraces Herself, Yet Again And Again And Again

California Senator Barbara Boxer has got to be fired...

In the next video, she displays her ignorance on how military personnel use the terms "Sir" and "Ma'am" as signs of respect...

Can California please elect someone competent to office????

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15 July 2009

The Health Care Conundrum

Chart from republicanleader.house.gov

Confused? You should be. This is what Bureaucratic run health care will be like for you.

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03 July 2009

01 July 2009

TobyToons | Political Cartoons & Other Artwork

TobyToons | Political Cartoons & Other Artwork

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Properly Displaying The American Flag

The Pledge of Allegiance
I Pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands,one Nation under God,indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
As the 4th of July approaches, we should reflect on why this day is so important. It is not just a day of picnics and fireworks. It is a day to thank and remember the Patriots and the sacrifices they made to give us freedom. Not only should you display your American flag proudly, you should take the time to learn how to do so correctly.

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above photo of Pentagon on 9/12/2001, courtesy of the DOD

Yet Another Broken Campaign Promise On The Horizon?

We have seen one campaign promise be broken after another. Recent events from the past few days may be indicative of another one that is coming. Throughout the campaign, then Senator Obama promised that no one making under $250,000 a year would see an increase in taxes. Many voters believed this and voted based on it. Apparently, the administration is realizing that their health care reform proposals would actually raise taxes on the very people they promised it would not. Although they haven't come right out and said that they would be raising taxes, they are not denying it either...

Transcript from June 29, 2009 White House Press Briefing:

Q Robert, I just wanted to ask about health care. Yesterday on ABC, David Axelrod was asked repeatedly about whether the President would veto any health reform bill that has a tax on people making -- a tax increase on anybody making under $250,000 per year. So I want to give you a chance, as well. (Laughter.) Will the President veto -- will the President veto any health bill that has a tax --
MR. GIBBS: We should get David down here. You know, here's what -- I think we get this question once a week, in some form or another. I think in many ways, Ed, what marks the difference between this health care effort and other health care efforts in the past is exactly what the President described -- a very large table with people sitting at it, trying to solve a problem that we've been working on for 40 years.
The good news is we're making significant progress, and all those people are still sitting at the table. We haven't drawn a lot of bright lines. We understand there's some flexibility on the part of Congress to work through some of these policy issues. And we're going to allow that process to continue to make -- that process to continue in order to make progress.
Q That may be true, but the President on the campaign said that -- he made a flat pledge that he would not raise taxes on anybody making under $250,000. So is that pledge still operable?
MR. GIBBS: Well, again, I think in some ways your question is hypothetical because there are any number of different bills, different proposals. I think the President has outlined what he believes is the very best way to pay for health care.
Q It doesn't have to be hypothetical. He made a pledge --
MR. GIBBS: I understand.
Q -- he said, I am not going to raise taxes on anyone making under $250,000. Is that pledge still active?
MR. GIBBS: We are going to let the process work its way through.
Q So it's not.
Q So it's not.
Q So it's not. (Laughter.)
MR. GIBBS: We're going to let the process work its way through. All right?
You have that awfully perplexed look on your face, Mr. Garrett.
Q Well, what would be the reason for reversing among the most conspicuous, if not the most conspicuous, campaign promise that this candidate Obama repeated everywhere across the country?
MR. GIBBS: Well, I appreciate the indulgence to get into these hypothetical questions months before we're likely to do that. It is rich to watch the fact that we're making so little progress on health care reform that you've asked me if the President is going to sign the bill that's not at his desk. Let's --
Q We didn't ask you about signing the bill --
MR. GIBBS: No, no --
Q And there's nothing hypothetical about reaffirming a campaign promise.
MR. GIBBS: It is in the sense that we're not facing any sort of decision on this. We're letting Congress work many of these issues through. And we're making progress.
Q But, historically, administrations that make such conspicuous promises tell Congress, you can do this, this, and this, but don't go there because it's not something we're going to do.
MR. GIBBS: And I think the President in his principles and in the $948 billion to finance health care reform has laid out pretty clearly what his financing mechanism would be. Which --
Q Then why not take the opportunity provided by Ed to reassure the American public that the campaign promise still stands?
MR. GIBBS: -- any increase in revenue would affect top wage-earners' charitable deductions, returning them to the rates of the Regan administration.
Q Robert, so going back to this tax pledge thing, whether you've made a campaign -- the campaign promise and whether you've now opened the door on this. Is it fair to interpret that you've opened the door? Because this is what you said in April: "I would restate what he said in the campaign, and that is he won't raise taxes on people that make above $250,000 a year."
MR. GIBBS: I think the President --
Q So is that statement no longer effective?
MR. GIBBS: I would -- I love playing -- I love us playing out Wimbledon without the benefit of a grass tennis court, but we're going to let Congress do its job. We're going to have the President do his job. We're going to make progress on health care reform. And I think you'll see a reform bill come to his desk later this year, and one that he will sign.
Q So you just don't want to be -- it's fair to say he is not allowing himself to be boxed in by a campaign promise?
MR. GIBBS: It's fair to say -- it's fair to say that we're watching Congress do their job.

Senior Obama Advisor David Axelrod on ABC this Sunday:

STEPHANOPOULOS: ... with that, especially on health care, excuse me, is figuring out where the revenues are going to come from. And, you know, a lot of talk about taxes in the House and the Senate as well.
And I want to show our viewers something the president said during the campaign back in September.
OBAMA: I can make a firm pledge: Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase, not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Not any of your taxes, a firm pledge. Does that mean the president will veto any health care bill that includes a tax increase on people earning less than $250,000 a year?
AXELROD: Well, first of all, George, let's make a few points. The president has said whatever is done has to not add to the deficit. So that's one of the prerequisites for this bill. We've got issue with our budget. Everybody is aware that we don't want to add to our deficit.
So this is going to have to be paid for. Two-thirds of the expenses -- two-thirds of the expense of it under the president's plan and proposal would be done by transferring money within the health care system from Medicare on wasteful spending, giveaways to insurance and drug companies, and so on.
And so we're talking about the final third. He has proposed a plan that would be in keeping with the promise that he made, to cap deductions for the wealthiest Americans on their taxes.
He still believes that's the way to go. And he has made a strong case to the House and the Senate on it.
STEPHANOPOULOS: But he also said this week he was open to compromise on this. And as you know, the Senate is looking especially at this issue of capping the deductions for health care that employers and employees now get. That would get -- would be a tax increase for many families earning under $250,000.
But the president said he was open to it. So that means that the tax pledge he made back in September is no longer operative?
AXELROD: Well, George, first of all, there are a lot of different formulations of that plan. The president had said in the past that he doesn't believe taxing health care benefits at any level is necessarily the best way to go here. He still believes that.
But there are a number of formulations and we'll wait and see. The important thing at this point is to keep the process moving, to keep people at the table, to the keep the discussions going.
We've gotten a long way down the road and we want to finish that journey.
STEPHANOPOULOS: But if you're open to tax increases for people under $250,000, that means that the pledge he made last September in Dover is no longer operative. AXELROD: George, I think the president has made clear the way he feels this should be funded. And certainly is consistent with what he said during...
STEPHANOPOULOS: But he's not drawing a line in the sand.
AXELROD: ... the campaign.

Is this another "read my lips" situation? Its starting to look like it.

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