Thursday, February 26, 2009

Let Government Decide How to 'Invest' Your Money

Our friends at Citizens against government waste have appropriately named liberal John Kerry as their Porker of the Month. Check out their comments below which certainly illustrate the liberal Barack Hussein Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, John Kerrry, BEN NELSON philosophy that government is the best decider of how we should use OUR money.

"Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has named Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) Porker of the Month for his arrogant rationalization of why the American people cannot be trusted with their own money. On February 6, Sen. Kerry spoke on the Senate floor in support of the $787 billion economic stimulus package. In his speech he said, “I have heard a lot of talk about we ought to do a tax cut…If you put a tax cut into the hands of either a business or an individual today, there is no guarantee they are going to invest their money…in the United States. They are free to go to invest anywhere they want, if they choose to invest…The fact is none of those people are guaranteed to invest that money in any of the new projects that we are. So government, yes government, has the ability to be able to make a decision that the private sector won’t necessarily make today.” For his casual infantilization of American taxpayers and for being the chief spokesperson of the new Nanny State on Steroids, CAGW names Sen. Kerry the February Porker of the Month. Read more about the Porker of the Month. "

Let GM (and Chrylser) Declare Bankruptcy


Well, as expected GM had a devastating loss in its 4th quarter and now need more money from Uncle Sugar as it also prepares us for more requests by telling us how bleak 2009 will be. The bottom line is that GM will never be competitive as long as it has legacy costs and wage costs that are 50% higher than Toyota, Honda and Nissan.
For those of you who don't remember, at one time General Motors controlled more than 50% of the American auto market. It's inability to provide product, to control costs and to provide visionary management has led it to a point where it barely produces 20% of American auto consumption. Giving them a bailout will not change this trend. The solution is in its legacy and employment costs.




The Governor Disappoints

We are disappointed at Governor Heineman's tepid response to letting the legislature deal with the in state tuition issue for illegal immigrants. He won his election on this issue.

While we understand that Senator Janssen's amendment to Brad Ashford's bill (LB403) may not be the right or most productive way of getting this done, we would have expected a stronger response from the governor along with a suggestion as to a better method of effecting the legislati

Soon to be a broken Obama Campaign Promise

Remember his great words about not allowing earmarks? Well, the omnibus $410 billion spending bill that the House passed and the Senate will no doubt also pass contains more than 8,000 earmarks (many submitted by Republicans). Billions of dollars wasted as the country faces huge deficits because of bailouts and the 'stimulus' bill.

Will Ben Nelson, who has his own earmark(s) in it vote against the bill? Of course not.

Will Junior Senator Mike Johanns vote against it? We hope so.

Will Barack Hussein Obama veto it because of the earmarks and keep one of his campaign promises? As Sarah Palin might say, "you betcha not!"

Interesting Polling Numbers

Some interesting numbers from Rasmussen Reports today. While Barack Hussein Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and BEN NELSON are shovelling S-CHIP and $800 billion 'stimulus' packages at us, screaming 'the sky is falling' and bailing out banks and auto companies the American public is not exactly in total agreement. The Clinton administration over reached with medical care (which this one has already started to do also) and it just may be that these LIBERALS-GOVERNMENT SOLVES ALL folks are in the nascent stages of doing the same.


59% Still Believe Government Is the Problem
"In early October, as the meltdown of the financial industry gained momentum following the collapse of Lehman Brothers, a Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 59% of U.S. voters agreed with Ronald Reagan that "government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem."


"Only 29% of Americans believe the federal government should nationalize some banks that are at risk of going out of business, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

Fifty-one percent (51%) oppose nationalization even of troubled mega-banks like Citigroup which is now proposing the government take a 40-percent share of its business. Twenty percent (20%) are not sure which is the better course to follow.
Investors are slightly more adamant. Fifty-five percent (55%) oppose nationalization even of at-risk banks, while 28% favor the idea. "

Monday, February 23, 2009

Cut spending in half by passing earmarks?

So President Barack Hussein Obama wants to cut the deficit in half by the end of his administration's first (and hopefully last) four years? Well he might do so by not signing the omnibus spending bill that is going through congress and will no doubt pass with 100% of Democrats and hopefully zero Republican votes.

Mike "Pence said that Republicans fear the bill will contain thousands of earmarks and a big increase in discretionary spending. He said such new spending, on top of recently passed economic stimulus package (PL 111-5) and other new spending to deal with the financial crises, was unacceptable.

We don't need thousands of new earmarks while trillions of our dollars are being spent building a nationalized economy.

For more on the bill, see: http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=news-000003058331

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Murtha -- He is just a slimeball


Yes, we don't like Congressman John Murtha very much. He is the penaultimate purveyor of earmarks and 'reward's for those who prime his re-election pump.

In this regard there is an article today at http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=news-000003055541 that solidifies our belief. One of Murtha's best friend lobbying organization was raided last week by the FBI a firm that has strong ties to Murtha.

Just remember where there is smoke there is fire. It is nice to know that Congressman Murtha continues THE DEMOCRAT CULTURE OF CORRUPTION.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Barack Hussein Obama's War


Well, now we find out that we're sending 17,000 more troops to Afghanistan. This while neighboring Pakistan has basically ceded a large part of its country to the control of Taliban forces.


It's real easy to solve these problems isn't it President Barack Hussein Obama? Well, now it's YOUR WAR.

GM and Chrysler Bailout - What a deal.

As noted below, we're in the process of bailing out GM and Chrysler who as part of their recovery plan will simply put thousands of workers out jobs as part of their recovery plan. How does that create jobs Barack Hussein Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Senators Collins, Snowe, Specter and of course Nebraska's own conservative Ben Nelson????

We find it all the more interesting that according to Rasmussen polling, 64% of the Americans oppose the bail out. Maybe there is hope on the horizon for Republicans who stand up to this folly.

And, of course, with a 'federal' oversight commission to 'help' make sure Chrysler and GM do it right you can probably expect to be driving a 'well-subsidized' Pelosi-mobile (see link on right hand column) produced by a few remaining big 3 auto manufacturer job holders. What a deal.

See:

The 'Stimulus Plan' -- Saving Jobs?


While Barack Hussein Obama 'rushed' (took 4 days) to sign the critical the 'sky is falling' 'stimulus' bill, here (see below) is what is happening in Nebraska according to Nebraska State Paper.com

One might also ask Ben Nelson how his vote to pass this boondoggle of bloated spending is helping these folks in small Nebraska communities? Ben Nelson and Barack Hussein Obama and Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, etal are busy saving big banks and Chrysler and GM (who as part of their restructuring are laying off thousands of folks as well) while the 'trickle down' of this mentality closes the one source of job creation or stability in this country, small businesses across our country. Some 'stimulus'!

" * Closing Of Hastings Plant Will Cost Some 370 Their Jobs> > The nation’s economic downturn continues to cost workers their jobs> in Nebraska. > http://nebraska.statepaper.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2009/02/18/499be4e2a30d7> >

Western Wats Center, Inc. has announced it will close its Chadron> phone center due to the continuing economic crisis.> http://nebraska.statepaper.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2009/02/18/499bec518b930

* Job Losses Coming In Beatrice> > Company officials at Exmark Manufacturing in Beatrice confirm that> four salaried workers lost their jobs with 96 other people whose jobs> were eliminated were eliminated by the Toro company. > http://nebraska.statepaper.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2009/02/18/499bf4425cbed

Monday, February 16, 2009

The Sky is Falling -- But not until tomorrow


Yes, all last week we were told by Pelosi, Reid and President Barack Hussein Obama that if the 'stimulus' bill didn't pass ASAP the finances of our nation would collapse. So, good ol' Harry flew his Ohio Senator in from his mother's wake to cast the 60th vote on a vote held open solely for that purpose so that the sky would not fall Friday night.
Well, Pelosi went off to Italy, who knows where Harry is and President
Barack Hussein Obama didn't sign the bill Saturday despite the fact that the sky was falling.
President Barack Hussein Obama didn't sign the bill on Sunday despite the fact that the sky was falling.
And today, President's Day, President Barack Hussein Obama won't sign the 'stimulus' bill to keep the sky from falling either.
In fact, President Barack Hussein Obama won't sign the bill until he goes to Ohio tomorrow so let us hope that the sky doesn't fall in the interim.
How many times will these folks scream "The Sky Is Falling" before the American public no longer believes their 'Chicken Little' rhetoric?

The Omaha World-Herald -- Lining the Bottom of you bird cage will get more expensive


Yes, the daily rag is going to start costing .75 at your local news stand beginning March 1st. It's bad enough that the local daily has laid off personnel and cut the delivery area across the state of it emaciated additions, but now it is raising the price.
Somehow, this logic seems to defy logic. In hard times cut quality and raise prices? Sounds like many of our wishes will soon come true as the daily rag becomes even less relevant on its way to never never land.

Why Our Enemies are Laughing at Us - Doug Patton


February 16, 2009

Remember how liberals told us that America would be respected again, by friend and foe alike, once Barack Obama and his Democrat allies in Congress were in charge of everything? Well, welcome to the real world, where friend and foe alike are either laughing at us, aghast at our stupidity or making plans to kill us.

Take, for starters, President Obama’s incredibly naïve decisions with regard to the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, where we have been detaining terrorists and others captured on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. One of his first acts as president was to order the suspension of all military tribunals at GITMO. This decision came on the eve of the trial of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, mastermind of the bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen in 2000. As a result of Obama’s decree, charges against this terrorist have been dropped.

Additionally, in order to fulfill one of his campaign promises to his far-left kook base, Obama has ordered that GITMO itself be closed within a year, which leaves us with the thorny problem of what to do with those imprisoned there. The president and his supporters wring their hands over the possibility that these thugs might be subjected to uncomfortable treatment they like to call “torture,” and yet if they are sent back to their country of origin, they will likely be released, whereupon they will recommence their war against the United States. If we bring them to our own shores, you can bet dollars to donuts the ACLU will demand they be assigned public defenders and protected by the U.S. Constitution.

Of course, one of the biggest sources of entertainment for our enemies has to be our wide open southern border, through which they send their minions to do us harm. Perhaps not this week; perhaps not next year; but sooner or later they will attack us, and when they do, everyone from George W. Bush to John McCain to Barack Obama who insisted on keeping that border open will have blood on his hands. Remember, our enemies are patient people. They waited eight-and-one-half years between the first and second attacks on the World Trade Center. They are patient, and they are laughing.

Another source of amusement for the entire world must be our refusal to tap into our own natural resources to supply much-needed energy. Instead, we have allowed environmental crazies to hold us hostage their “green” agenda. Now those crazies are running our government, and while they fiddle with “alternate” sources of energy — most of which don’t work or are not practical — they would rather continue to give billions of dollars to oil-producing nations around the world who hate us than to utilize our own resources.

Finally, consider a recent comment by Lueo Ping of the Chinese Regulatory Commission, concerning the imaginary money America will have to print in order to fund our recent “stimulus” bill and other proposed spending: “We hate you guys,” Ping said. “Once you start issuing $1 trillion to $2 trillion, we know the dollar is going to depreciate, so we hate you guys, but there is nothing much we can do.” When the most repressive, controlling communist government in the world criticizes the stupidity of your policies, you know you are in uncharted monetary territory.


It is said that the two things no one wants to witness being made are sausages and laws. In the case of the massive spending by Congress, think of it as sausage being created by children, without adult supervision, oversight, or FDA or USDA inspections. Imagine “Lord of the Flies” set inside a sausage factory, with malicious kids throwing everything they can find into the mix, from rotten, maggot-infested pork and rat droppings to the sweepings off the floor, and then serving it to a restaurant full of people and telling them it is the best breakfast in the world.

Now you have a pretty good image of what is happening in Washington. It is a case of congressional vandalism. And this is just the beginning. The specter of it is spellbinding, like a bloody train wreck. We want to avert our gaze but can’t. It is just too exquisitely awful. And so is the laughter of our sworn enemies.
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© Copyright 2009 by Doug Patton
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Doug Patton is a freelance columnist who has served as a political speechwriter and policy advisor to conservative candidates, elected officials and public policy organizations. His weekly columns are published in newspapers across the country and on selected Internet web sites, including Human Events Online and GOPUSA.com, where he is a senior writer and state editor. Readers may e-mail him at dougpatton@cox.net.
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Friday, February 13, 2009

Justice from the Left

From the Family Research Council we get these examples of the judiciary choices we can expect under President Barack Hussein Obama:

"David Ogden, nominated to the high-ranking post of Deputy Attorney General of the United States . As a private attorney, Ogden worked for the ACLU and filed a brief in the landmark abortion case Planned Parenthood v. Casey that denied the existence of adverse mental health effects of abortion on women. Ogden has also been one of the nation's most prominent porn defense attorneys, representing not only Playboy and Penthouse, but also PHE, Inc., the largest distributor of hardcore pornography in the United States.

"Thomas Perrelli is Obama's nominee for Associate Attorney General at the Justice Department. Perrelli won media attention as the attorney for Michael Schiavo, the Florida man who defeated Terri Schiavo's family in their desperate attempt to keep her from being brutally starved and dehydrated to death at Michael's insistence. Terri Schiavo collapsed under mysterious circumstances and was denied rehabilitation after funds won in a court settlement were allegedly diverted by Michael Schiavo for other uses.
"Elena Kagan, although well-credentialed as the dean of Harvard Law School, is the Obama choice for Solicitor General, a post so powerful its occupant is often called the "10th Supreme Court justice." Kagan has never argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, but she is most prominently associated with an 8-0 court ruling against her position in Rumsfeld v. FAIR (2006). She and other law school officials sued to overturn the Solomon amendment, adopted by Congress to ensure that law schools could not use homosexual rights rules to deny U.S. Armed Forces recruiters access to law school campuses.
"The U.S. Senate will vote soon on these key appointments that will determine U.S. legal policy for years to come. These appointments have a legacy of championing abortion on demand, legalized obscenity, special rights for homosexuals, and euthanasia."

The Democrat Culture of Corruption

Okay, it's legal but if California Representative Grace Napolitano were a Republican you can bet we'd be hearing a lot more about it.

This fromBloomberg"

Feb. 13 (Bloomberg) -- During a decade in Congress, California Representative Grace Napolitano has pocketed more than $200,000 of political contributions by charging as much as 18 percent interest on money she loaned to her own campaign.

Not a bad deal being a poor congress woman, getting a $4000 raise and charging those who elected you interest so you can spend their money and no doubt reward them and their interests.........

From Lee Terry

We are proud of the fact that Lee Terry and all other Republican Congressmen today voted against the pork-laden, non-stimulating 'stimulus' bill being ramrodded down the throats of American tax payers by President Barack Hussein Obama, Speaker Pelosi and Harry Ried.

We share with you a message we received from Congressman Lee Terry along with the link to the article to which he refers:

I wanted to share this article with you regarding the so-called stimulus plan. As I have said in the past and as this article makes very clear the stimulus plan will not save or create jobs and the economy is very likely to sink even lower this year. Families are hurting, businesses are closing and 401ks have tanked. Our country is in a serious recession and Congress must act now. Unfortunately, the only plan before us won't create jobs and won't stimulate our economy. This bill is filled with little solutions and a massive amount of pork. We need immediate tax breaks for working families and businesses, boost business incentives and create jobs.

For those of you who wonder what 'stimulus' producing items were in the bill conference bill which the house passed today, here is a sample:

Ø $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts
Ø $2 billion for the Neighborhood Stabilization Fund, providing funds to organizations such as ACORN, which has been accused of practicing unlawful voter registration in recent elections
Ø $10 million for the inspection of canals in urban areas
Ø $100 million for grants to small shipyards
Ø $198 million to authorize payments to certain Filipino veterans from WWII
Ø $300 million for the Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program
Ø $2 billion to support the manufacturing of advanced vehicle batteries
Ø $1 billion for Community Development Block Grants
Ø $1.3 billion for Amtrak, including $450 million for a new rail security grant program not included in either the House-passed or the Senate-passed bills
Ø $300 million for federal procurement of plug-in and fuel efficient vehicles
Ø $8 billion for a High Speed Passenger Rail Program, after the House did not include any funding for the program and the Senate included $2 billion, which will fund at least one project from Las Vegas to Los Angeles
Ø $15 million for historic preservation at historically black colleges and universities
Ø $170 million for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to research the cause, effects and ways to mitigate climate change
Ø $200 million for AmeriCorps and other paid “volunteerism” programs
Ø $400 million for NASA to accelerate climate research missions
Ø $5.5 billion for federal buildings (GSA), including $4.5 billion to convert federal buildings into “high-performance green buildings” and $450 million for a new headquarters for the Department of Homeland Security.
Ø $210 million for a new grant program to modify and upgrade local fire stations
Ø $142 million for the Coast Guard to alter or remove 4 obstructive bridges
Ø $25 million for the Smithsonian Institution for maintenance backlogs
Ø $1 billion for expenses in conjunction with the 2010 decennial census
Ø $650 million for Digital-to-Analog Converter Box Coupons
Ø $1 billion for a Prevention and Wellness Fund, which can be used for sexually transmitted disease (STD) education and prevention programs at the CDC
Ø $500 million to replace a 30-year old computer system at the Social Security Administration
Ø $500 million for a health professions training program—funding which an earlier committee report said were allocated because, “a key component of attaining universal health care reform will be ensuring the supply of primary care providers.”
Now, not that we want to beat a dead horse (and it is certainly dead) but here is an interesting clip by Congressman Price that we think you will find entertaining, excuse us, we really mean disgusting:

Contacting the Messiah

Just so you know how to contact the Messiah, we provide the following response to one of our missives to him:

Dear Friend,

Thank you for your message. On behalf of President Obama, we appreciate hearing from you. The President has promised the most transparent administration in history, and we're committed to listening to and responding to you.

In order to better handle the millions of electronic messages we're receiving and respond more quickly, we've implemented a new contact form on our website: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/ Please note that this web form has replaced comments@whitehouse.gov. That email address is no longer monitored, so we encourage you to resubmit your message through the link above. Thank you for using the web form and helping us improve communications with you.

Sincerely,

The Presidential Correspondence Team

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Yet Another Hall of Shame Addition


Well, since we are setting precedents and did so yesterday by nominating three Republicans as our Hall of Shame Members of the Month we have decided that it is also appropriate to add one addition to the threesome--none other than 'conservative' Democrat, great reconciler E. Benjamin Nelson of Nebraska. Nelson wants Nebraskans to believe he is a conservative but has fallen right in line with the Barack Hussein Obama administration by his vote to support this $800 billion 'stimulus' fiasco. Welcome to the Hall of Shame Ben.

At Last - A Hero of the Month


At last we've found an Objective Conservative Hero of the Month after an inability to find one since October. While he may not be the greatest 'conservative' we couldn't have more respect than we do for Senator Judd Gregg who today stepped aside from his appointment as Commerce Secretary. Not because he had been a tax evader like so many other Democrats (Can you say Tom Daschel, Tim Geithner, Charlie Rangel, etc.?) currently making up the Democrat Culture of Corruption but because he actually disagreed with President Barack Hussein on issues of the 'stimulus' and on census. To show such dedication to principle we proudly award our Objective Conservative Hero of the Month award to Senator Judd Gregg.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

From Lee Terry


I wanted to give you some perspective on the so-called stimulus bill, $63.5 billion is for real infrastructure, the White House claims this will create 1.8 million jobs. $6 billion of the stimulus bill is for small business tax relief. The other $720.5 billion is supposed to create the other 1 million jobs including an estimated 255,000 from the housing tax credit provision. This is a lot of spending that is unrelated to job creation. Rumor has it that Speaker Nancy Pelsoi will cram the bill down Congress' throat sometime tomorrow leaving less than 24 hours for us and all Americans to read and the understand the bill.

Sincerely,

LEE TERRY
Member of Congress

It's Worse than We Thought - Doug Patton


February 9, 2009

Perhaps it was all the hoopla about the historic nature of Barack Obama’s presidency. Maybe the hype of election night and all that talk about wishing our first black president well actually made us all believe, for just a fleeting moment in time, that things would not be as bad as we feared they would be. It turns out they are worse.

After the president’s first press conference, it was clear that he is completely in over his head. His long, rambling answers to the questions directed to him went from tedious to boring and finally to embarrassing. The man really doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

Iran’s attitude has been “unhelpful” in the search for peace in the Middle East? What kind of analysis is that? They threaten to wipe Israel off the map every chance they get! Unhelpful?

Then there is the bloated, pork-laden, so-called stimulus package the geniuses in Congress have devised to fulfill their leader’s vision of how to “fix” the economy. Having failed to garner a single GOP vote for this boondoggle in the House, Obama worked very hard to wine and dine and charm the three most liberal RINOs in the Senate (Collins, Snowe and Specter) to vote for it. Like the emperor sporting his nonexistent new clothes, Obama can now claim minimal bipartisan support for this unconstitutional transfer of wealth.

Most Americans (especially those who voted for him) are reluctant to turn on their new president just yet. It’s like an increasingly intense case of buyer’s remorse. You loved the product on the store shelf. So how can you feel this nagging desire to return it? And just when you think you made a terrible mistake, you have this sickening realization that all sales are final.

As for the “stimulus” bill itself, there is a sense that the president and his Democrat Congress want to ram it down our throats before anyone can sift through the bill’s laundry list of liberal fantasies and hold it up to the ridicule it so richly deserves.

But aside from the waste, the pork and the needless spending provisions of the bill, there are aspects of this legislation that make it dangerous. In a Bloomberg News commentary, Betsy McCaughey writes:

“Tragically, no one from either party is objecting to the health provisions slipped in without discussion…Senators should read these provisions and vote against them…The bill’s health rules will affect ‘every individual in the United States.’”

McCaughey reports that the bill calls for all medical treatments to be tracked electronically by a new federal bureaucracy known as the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, which will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is administering what the federal government considers appropriate and cost effective health care. All this is the brain child of former Senator and disgraced tax cheat Tom Daschle, who recently had to withdraw his name from nomination for Secretary of Health and Human Services.

The goal, writes McCaughey, is “to reduce costs and guide your doctor’s decisions. These provisions in the stimulus bill are virtually identical to what Daschle prescribed in his 2008 book, ‘Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.’ According to Daschle, doctors have to learn to give up autonomy and ‘learn to operate less like solo practitioners.’”

Hospitals and doctors that are not “meaningful users” of the new system will face penalties. “Meaningful user is not defined in the bill. That will be left to the HHS secretary, who will be empowered to impose “more stringent measures of meaningful use over time.”

Daschle says health care reform “will not be pain free.” Seniors, he says, should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them. And you thought the government wouldn’t ration your health care.

These provisions, combined with the unprecedented spending of this bill, prove once more that those who fail to learn the lessons of history are destined to repeat them. As we used to say in the days of fighting Hillary Care, if those on the Left ever realize their dream of universal health care, we will finally have a bureaucracy with the efficiency of the Post Office, the frugality of the Pentagon and the compassion of the IRS.

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Doug Patton is a freelance columnist who has served as a political speechwriter and policy advisor to conservative candidates, elected officials and public policy organizations. His weekly columns are published in newspapers across the country and on selected Internet web sites, including Human Events Online and GOPUSA.com, where he is a senior writer and state editor. Readers may e-mail him at dougpatton@cox.net.
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February Hall of Shame Nominees

At the suggestion of one of our readers we without hesitation break precedent by installing three individuals to be our February Hall of Shame Nominee(s). Yes, no question about it the dishonor goes to Senators Specter, Snowe and Collins for their desertion of their party and for supporting the 'stimulus' bill of President Barack Hussein Obama and Harry Reid.

Truly Shameful.

The Democrat Culture of Corruption

One of our favorite congressional big spenders is in the news again. Yes good ol' John Murtha, Pennsylvania's King of Pork. Two government raids of businesses that Murtha got millions for and in return got thousands of dollars of contributions back from.

Yes the Democrat Culture of Corruption is alive and well.

When Republicans Stand up for conservative ideas

Rasmussen Reports tells us today that:

"The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone surveys found that the Democrats’ lead is down to just one percentage point. Forty percent (40%) of voters said they would vote for their district’s Democratic candidate while 39% said they would choose the Republican (see crosstabs).

"This marks the lowest level of support for the Democrats in tracking history and is the closest the two parties have been on the generic ballot."


For more on this along with polling numbers check out: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/mood_of_america/congressional_ballot/generic_congressional_ballot

Could it just be that those Republicans who voted against the 'stimulus' are reflecting what America thinks? Sarah Palin would probably say "You Betcha!

RINOS Of No Value to GOP

Dick Morris has a not unsurprising editorial today about the three RINO Republican Senators that sold out to support President Barack Hussein Obama and Harry Reid on the 'stimulus' package. While Republicans have fought valiantly to keep a senate that can filibuster legislation like this, their efforts are simply in vein when it comes to supporting the likes of Susan Collins, Arlen Specter and Olympia Snowe, the three turncoats who voted for the package.

In 2010 Specter will be up for re-election. We've speculated about Chris Matthews running for this seat, but it appears he is out. Regardless, one can count on a tough opponent for Specter's seat. Last time around Rick Santorum and others reluctantly supported him and he won. We at the Objective Conservative would suggest that this time the Republicans forget this race. If Specter wins so be it. If he wants to become a Democrat so be it. If a Democrat beats him so be it. What is the loss? When the other two come up for re-election in 2012 and 2014 hopefully the Republican Party will be on a roll and it won't need the votes of these RINOs.

Morris said:

"Collins, Snowe and Specter had a chance to send a message to Obama that he had to deal with the Republican Party to avert a filibuster. They could have made it clear that genuine bipartisan cooperation was necessary to pass legislation. These three senators, pledged to cut taxes and oppose massive growth in federal spending, could have demanded a 2-to-1 ratio for tax cuts over spending, rather than the reverse, as Obama is succeeding in getting.

"Instead, the three wimped out and caved in for peanuts from Obama. In doing so, they completely stripped their party of any leverage. There was no point in having gotten 41 votes if the three weakest links could sell the party out."

You can check out his column 'Benedict Arnolds of the GOP' at: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/02/benedict_arnolds_of_the_gop.html

Unintended Consequences

The 'stimulus' package being thrust upon us by Barack Hussein Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi is a sham at best when it comes to spending money now to get our economy going. We continue to wonder how spending money over 5 years stimulates the economy now? Even worse are the potential unintended consequences of this legislation, one of those being the buy American clause in the bill which if liberally applied will certainly satisfy lots of unions at long-term potential consequences for the American public and world trade.

You might check out John Stossel's column, 'Making a Bad Bill Worse' at: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/02/making_a_bad_bill_worse.html for more on this.

Monday, February 9, 2009

The Stimulus Bill -- Much Overkill, Little effectiveness

We've continued to say that this 'stimulus' plan is nothing but an overgrown bloated spending plan that does little to create jobs and economic growth in the next 12 months while spending huge sums over 5 years to bloat the budgets of such efficient agencies as the Department of Education.

There is a good article by Cato contributor, Alan Reynolds, titled 'It's a Recession not a Catastrophe'. He provides numbers that substantiate his title premise and we agree.

Check it out at: http://www.nypost.com/seven/02092009/postopinion/opedcolumnists/its_a_recession_not_a_catastrophe_154174.htm?page=0

For what Rasmussen Reports finds on this, check out: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/february_2009/voters_evenly_divided_over_obama_s_warning_of_economic_catastrophe

Friday, February 6, 2009

Why Not Cap CEO Compensation?

This should upset some of you. We at the Objective Conservative think that President Barack Hussein Obama has a good idea in limiting the CEO compensation at 'bailout' companies to $500,000 per year. With that said, we think that will be an incentive to keep more companies from seeking the government bailout. We oppose any bailout for any company and believe that no business should be to big to fail. That's called Capitalism. New businesses succeed, old ones adapt or fail. No government involvement unless of course over regulation which can cause some to fail.

Just to clarify, we think that when it comes to businesses the stockholders should decide what a CEO is worth not the government.

On the other hand if you are a lousy manager and need the government to bail you out then you shouldn't complain that they want to set your salary.

A trillion here a trillion there

From Taxpayers for Common Sense, a little reminder that this 'stimulus' money isn't free:

It is important to remember that this money is not free. We are borrowing nearly a trillion dollars for this stimulus that we will have to repay later. Just the interest costs alone will exceed $347 billion over the next ten years, according to the CBO. And that is on top of the more than $450 billion in interest we are already paying on the existing $10 trillion debt.

Bad Judgement, Bad Vetting

A few days ago we suggested that Barack Hussein Obama might just want to get a list of all the deadbeats from the I.R.S. in order to avoid any more tax evader nominations. That way his crack vetting team wouldn't appear to have so much egg on their face. Having established the 'highest' ethical standards of any presidency an increasing number of his appointees just don't seem to make the grade.

And yesterday we got news of yet another tax-evading nominee, Rep. Hilda Solis who was tapped to be Secretary of Labor. Seems her husband just got through paying off some $6,400 in tax liens dating back as far as 1993.....

It's interesting that one of the worst of the tax evaders has already taken over the reins of the Treasury Department and thus gets to oversee his own interests with the I.R.S.

Although we may have suggested in the past that these problems were a result of a complicated tax code and while we still think a Fair Tax or at least a flat tax would be a vast improvement, these tax evaders are simply that, tax evaders.

Something isn't working here. It's either Barack Hussein Obama's judgement or his vetting team. George W. Bush only lost one of his initial appointees for such problems. We can only imagine the angst the press would have raised with him had he brought fourth such a rouges gallery of chiselers.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Iraq O.K. Now

Well, even the Washington Post has nice things to say about the elections in Iraq and it includes a warning to President Barack Hussein Obama to be cautious about too fast a withdrawal. Now isn't it interesting how things change with a new president?

See the editorial at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/03/AR2009020303284_pf.html

The President's Judgement

You might want to check out 'All the President's Tax Cheats' by Michelle Malkin at: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/02/all_the_presidents_tax_cheats.html It's a nice synopsis of the judgement of President Barack Hussein Obama in comparison with that of George W. Bush in his first days in office.

Maybe the president ought to just ask the IRS for a list of delinquent tax cheats to simplify his future cabinet choices.

It makes a difference who is in charge

Yes, it does make a difference who is the president when you have a single party controlling the legislative branch of government and we saw that today when President Barack Hussein Obama signed the new SCHIP bill into law to add another 4.1 million children (most of whom won't be poor) to the government nanny state's financial responsibility. Just one more step toward nationalized health insurance for all. You might recall that vetoing a similar bill was one of the few fiscally responsible things President Bush did.

Pelosi says 500 million Americans lose jobs each month

For those who are astounded as are we by Speaker of the House Pelosi, here is just another good example of her brilliance as she claims that for each month that passes without a 'stimulus' bill 500 million Americans lose their job:

Maybe the Conservatives aren't so far off base

According to the latest Rasmussen Poll:

'Daily Update'

Support for Stimulus Package Falls to 37%

"Support for the economic recovery plan working its way through Congress has fallen again this week. For the first time, a plurality of voters nationwide oppose the $800-billion-plus plan.The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 37% favor the legislation, 43% are opposed, and 20% are not sure."


Could it be the American public are beginning to see this as the pork-laden non-stimulus President Barack Hussein Obama-Harry Reid-Nancy Pelosi Christmas tree bill that it is? We hope so.

Monday, February 2, 2009

STDs and Common Sense

Courtesy of our friends at The Patriot Post and their contributors:

CULTURE
"The more interviews Speaker Pelosi gives explaining how vital the STD industry is to restarting the U.S. economy, the more I find myself hearing 'syphilis' every time she says 'stimulus.' In late September, America was showing the first signs of 'primary stimulus' â?? a few billion lesions popping up on the rarely glimpsed naughty bits of the economy: the subprime mortgage racket, the leverage kings. Now, the condition has metastasized in a mere four months into the advanced stages of 'tertiary stimulus,' with trillions of hideous, ever more inflamed pustules sprouting in every nook and cranny as the central nervous system of the body politic crumbles into total insanity -- until it seems entirely normal for the second in line of presidential succession to be on TV gibbering away about how vital the federalization of condom distribution is to economic recovery. The rules in this new 'post-partisan' era are pretty simple: If the Democratic Party wants it, it's 'stimulus.' If the Republican Party opposes it, it's 'politics.'" --columnist
Mark Steyn

GOVERNMENT
"The new kind of politics of hope. Eight hours of debate in the House of Representatives to pass a bill spending $820 billion -- or roughly $102 billion per hour of debate. Only 10 percent of the 'stimulus' [is] to be spent on 2009. Close to half goes to entities that sponsor or employ (or both) members of the Service Employees International Union, federal, state, and municipal employee unions or other Democrat-controlled unions. This bill is sent to Congress after President Obama has been in office for seven days. It is 680 pages long. According to my calculations, not one member of Congress read the entire bill before this vote. Obviously, it would have been impossible, given his schedule, for the president to have read the whole thing. For the amount spent, we could have given every unemployed person in the United States roughly $75,000. We could give every person who had lost a job and is now passing through long-term unemployment of six months or longer roughly $300,000. There has been pork-barrel politics since there has been politics, but the scale of this pork is beyond what had ever been imagined before -- and no one can be sure it will actually do much stimulation. ... This is more than pork-barrel -- this is a coup for the constituencies of the party in power and against the idea of a responsible government itself. A bleak day. Unfortunately, it is only the latest in a long series of such days stretching across decades of rule by both parties, to the point where truly responsible government is only a distant echo of our forgotten ancestors." --writer, actor, economist and lawyer
Ben Stein

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Just like a Republican or maybe NOT

Well, we've already suggested in a previous posting about senior Nebraska Senator Nelson that those Republicans who voted for him might not have been delighted in his vote to confirm tax evader Geithner as Secretary of the Treasury. Well, perhaps those same folks won't be much more enthused that Nelson voted to pass the expanded SCHIP legislation which we've already spoken out against. '

Yes, NELSON IS A DEMOCRAT AND HE IS VOTING WITH HIS DEMOCRATIC PALS IN THE SENATE AND WITH PRESIDENT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA.

You can bet he'll also vote to confirm tax evader Tom Daschle given the chance.

Reagan - A lesson for Republicans

For those of you who think conservative values are dead you might do well to check out a Rasmussen poll which says;

Majority See Reagan As Republicans' Way Back To Power

Ronald Reagan isn't just a Republican thing anymore. Fifty-six percent (56%) of U.S. voters say the Republican Party should return to the views and values of the iconic 40th president of the United States to be successful, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

The Culture of Democrat Corruption and Tax Evasion

President Barack Hussein Obama set new ethical standards by his appointment of tax-cheat Geithner to be Treasury Secretary (talk about the fox minding the hen house), thus giving him oversight of the I.R.S. whom he chose not to pay prior to knowing of his appointment.
Now we find that President Barack Hussein Obama's nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, Thomas A. Daschle, waited nearly a month after being nominated to inform the Messiah that he hadn't paid some $140,000 in taxes and penalties that he knew he owed for more than six months.

It would seem to us that President Barack Hussein Obama doesn't have very good judgement or simply doesn't hold his DEMOCRAT nominees to the same standard expected of Republicans.

Nonetheless we expect President Barack Hussein Obama's rubber stamp senate (You too BEN NELSON) to eventually confirm Daschle.

No doubt these 'minor errors' are the result of a complicated tax system-----which Democrats will continue to refuse to fix.

If you can't beat them....

Could be more bad news for senate Republicans. Looks like New Hampshire Republican Senator Judd Gregg could be President Barack Hussein Obama's pick for Commerce Secretary which would give Democrats their 60 filibuster proof votes in the senate if New Hampshire Governor John Lynch appoints a Democrat to fill Gregg's place, and even if Lynch appoints a Republican it will pretty much assure the Democrats of a new senator on their side in 2010.

How bi-partisan of the new president to consider a highly qualified Republican for his cabinet.....

Prisoners Yes, Taxpayers No

Is it any wonder that RINO Republican Governor Schwarzenegger has a $40 billion dollar deficit that now has his state withholding income tax refunds for its citizens? Now we learn that they want to spend billions on making their prisons more homey. In fact, from Debra Saunders in her article Prison or Versailles, we learn:

Of course California's prison inmates are entitled to reasonable 21st-century health care. Unfortunately for taxpayers, Clark Kelso, the federal receiver in charge of California's prison health care has, as state Attorney General Jerry Brown noted at a news conference last week, a "gold-plated wish list" for California's prison health care system.

His Receivership wants to spend $8 billion to build seven new hospitals, each the size of 10 Wal-Marts, which would create "a holistic environment," with "music therapy, art therapy and other recreation therapy functions," a music room, stress-reduction room, game room and "therapy kitchen," with lots of natural light and high ceilings. A gymnasium would feature a "full-size high school playing court with basketball hoops and built-in edge seating up to four rows deep. Various floor striping allows for other games, such as volleyball, etc. Other sport activities include handball courts, exercise, and (a) workout room."

When 'Moonbeam' Jerry Brown questions expenses, you know things are pretty excessive. Read more at: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/printpage/?url=http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/02/prison_or_versailles.html

An Open Letter to Our New President - Doug Patton

February 2, 2009

Dear Mr. President:

Recently, you stated that: “There will be a time for profits…Now is not that time.” Not since you made Joe the most famous plumber in America by telling him (and all of us) that you wanted to “spread the wealth around” have you been so transparent about your attitude toward the private sector.

You complain about “excessive” CEO salaries and bonuses. And I must admit that it strains credulity to imagine the chutzpah it takes for some of these companies to engage in such indulgences with both hands outstretched to the federal government for bailout dollars in numbers most of us can’t even comprehend. It is unseemly at best to watch these jackals presiding over companies that are hemorrhaging buckets of red ink while they fly off into the sunset in their corporate jets with their golden parachutes — paid for by American taxpayers.

Unfortunately, the same rules don’t seem to apply to you and your cohorts in government. You have an equally arrogant, cavalier attitude toward the hard-working Americans who pay for your salary and your extravagant lifestyle. And you don’t seem to play by the rules you create for the rest of us. Your new treasury secretary cheated on his taxes and yet was confirmed to oversee the Internal Revenue Service. Your nominee to run the health and human services department is the poster boy for limousine liberals who don’t even pay for their limousines — or at least not the taxes they owe on them. And your attorney general believes in pardons for terrorists and tax cheats.

Meanwhile, you and your Democrat Congress act as though the revenue you are using for your pork-laden bailouts and so-called stimulus packages just grew on the money tree in the back yard at the White House and is yours to do with as you see fit. Well, let me remind you of something, Mr. President: that money you are doling out is money my great-grandchildren haven’t even earned yet. It is tax revenue your successor five presidents down the line will have to steal from them in order to pay for this madness.

The saddest thing about this whole scenario, Mr. President, is that you are killing the one entity in our society that is actually creating jobs. Any high school Economics 101 teacher can tell you that in good economic times, 75 percent of new jobs in this country are created by small, independently-owned businesses. In times like these, when corporate America is slashing workforces like mad, that number is 100 percent!

And yet who gets the bailouts? Joe the Plumber or Sam’s Handyman Service, who eek out a living trying to find enough work to keep themselves and one or two employees afloat? No, it’s Citibank and the bloated auto industry. We’re told that they are “too big to fail.”

Well, let me tell you something, Mr. President. Granted, it would be a pretty big ripple through the economy if General Motors went under. But if you put every small entrepreneur in this country out of business, our economy, as we know it, will be gone.

Mr. President, small business owners are being crushed by a largely hysteria-created recession. Their credit has been cut off because of the irresponsible behavior of Members of Congress and the greed of some on Wall Street. These entrepreneurs aren’t asking for a bailout. They just want you and your bloated, obstructionist government to get out of their way!

Not the time for profits, indeed! With all due respect, this is precisely the time when businesses need profits.

But then, the ignorant souls who voted for you — many of whom don’t even pay taxes — have so wrapped yourselves in victim status and class envy that they are cheering you on as their new Fairness Czar; so I guess I don’t expect you to listen to me. I won’t have a real say in the matter again until the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November 2012. See you then.

Respectfully,
Doug Patton
An American taxpayer

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© Copyright 2009 by Doug Patton
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Doug Patton is a freelance columnist who has served as a political speechwriter and policy advisor to conservative candidates, elected officials and public policy organizations. His weekly columns are published in newspapers across the country and on selected Internet web sites, including Human Events Online and GOPUSA.com, where he is a senior writer and state editor. Readers may e-mail him at dougpatton@cox.net.
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