Tuesday, March 31, 2009

April Fools

We thought you might enjoy Rich Galen's Mulling's today as he does a sad but true April fools column. Check it out at: http://www.mullings.com/

We at the Objective Conservative feel like the last six or eight months have been nothing but an ugly April Fools joke........

The Culture of Corruption and Non-Payment of Taxes

When will the Barack Hussein Obama cascade of appointments of tax evaders come to an end? The latest is none other than Kathleen Sebelius who all of a sudden finds that she has taxes and penalties due for the last three years. Apparently, the Governor of Kansas and nominee for Secretary of Health can't get her taxes right either.

Given the continued tax issues of Barack Hussein Obama's appointees one might think that these people who are so good at avoiding paying their taxes might just want to see the IRS and the income tax replaced by the Fair Tax...

How embarrassing. Barack Hussein Obama and the Democrat Culture of Corruption march on. Can you imagine what the press would have been saying about George Bush's appointments had he put forth folks like this 8 years ago?

New Era of Government Control

We like Lawrence Kudlow's article today, "A New Era of Government Controlled Business?" It's thoughtful and predictive. Check it out at: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/03/a_truly_breathtaking_departure.html

Monday, March 30, 2009

The GOP Has Brought a Knife to a Gun Fight - Doug Patton


March 30, 2009

"Politics is war conducted by other means." - David Horowitz, from The Art of Political War

At a key point in Mel Gibson’s epic film, Braveheart, Edward the Longshanks, King of England, sends his daughter-in-law to bargain with Scottish warrior William Wallace, who has been leading a successful rebellion against England. The princess tells Wallace that compromise is the answer to resolving the conflict between England and Scotland. “Peace is made in such ways,” she pleads with him. “Slaves are made in such ways!” he snaps back at her, thereby delivering one of the most stirring and truthful lines in the film.

Fast forward seven centuries to last week, when European Member of Parliament Daniel Hannan, who represents Southern England in that body, was addressing British Prime Minister Gordon Brown at a recent EP meeting. (In case you missed it on You Tube, Google “MEP Daniel Hannan” and watch it for yourself.) Some highlights of Mr. Hannan’s remarks:

The truth, Prime Minister, is that you have run out of our money…We are now running a deficit that touches almost ten percent of GDP — an unbelievable figure…In the last twelve months, 125,000 private sector jobs have been lost; and yet you’ve created 30,000 public sector jobs. Prime Minister, you cannot go on forever squeezing the productive bit of the economy in order to fund an unprecedented engorging of the unproductive bit.

You cannot spend your way out of recession or borrow your way out of debt. And when you repeat, in that wooden and perfunctory way, that our situation is better than others, that we’re well placed to weather the storm, I have to tell you, you sound like a Brezhnev-era Apparatchik giving the party line…Everyone knows that Britain is the worst placed to go into these hard times. The IMF has said so. The European Commission has said so. The markets have said so, which is why our currency has devalued by thirty percent — and soon the voters, too, will get their chance to say so. They can see what the markets have already seen: that you are a devalued Prime Minister of a devalued government.

Now back to our side of the pond, where House GOP Leader John Boehner and his band of lackluster cohorts presented a halfhearted, 18-page pamphlet they called an “alternative” to President Barack Obama’s bloated, Christmas tree budget. Boehner, who should be railing at Obama like Hannan did at Brown, instead read a prepared statement, part of which follows:

The President’s budget spends too much, taxes too much and borrows too much from our kids and grandkids. The Congressional Budget Office confirmed all of this on Friday when they pointed out that the president’s budget would actually create $2.3 trillion of additional debt over and above what he’s already called for in his budget. And, uh, if you look at the debt numbers in this budget, you’ll see that over the next six years, President Obama, uh, will create more debt than his 43 predecessors have in the last 220 years. You also yesterday saw the president reiterate his position on the national energy tax, uh, when he said, “It’s non-negotiable.” Uh, this non-negotiable, uh, proposal of his, uh, is going to cost, uh, the average family $3,150 a year, uh, in higher taxes, uh, for those who drive a car, or those who have the…or would have the audacity to even flip on a light switch.

My own snoring jolted me back to reality. Some of the lines were interesting, but they were delivered with all the passion of a grocery list. It was like watching the Sharks and the Jets bringing switchblades to a street fight with a 21st century gang armed with Uzis! Barack Obama is arguably the smoothest, most elegant politician of our lifetime. He can sell swamp water in the Everglades and get the buyer to think it tastes like champagne. He proved it last year during the campaign when he took on all comers in his own party and the “my turn” candidate of the GOP and chewed them all to pieces with a smile and an empty slogan.

Scotland had William Wallace. Great Britain has Daniel Hannan. We have John Boehner. I hope I can contain my excitement.

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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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Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act - Constitutional?

George Will makes a very good article which we who tend to be both conservative and libertarian consider appropriate when it comes to President Bush's 2008 Emergency Economic Stabilization Act (EESA). We agree that the act far exceeds the authority of the Executive Branch of Government as provided in the Constitution--not that anyone seems to really care about that old document these days.
We suggest you read Will's column and reflect upon it at: http://townhall.com/Common/PrintPage.aspx?g=bb210647-efd2-49c4-950a-0098796d5bde&t=c

Friday, March 27, 2009

Get Ready for the Barackmobile


Yes, the MESSIAH, Barack Hussein Obama is about to announce how he will save moribund GM and privately held, non-publicly-traded Chrysler by his redeeming plan for their salvationAdd Image.

Neither GM nor Chrysler have met the requirements imposed on them by the defunct and ill-advised initial bailout of the Bush administration but the Savior, Barack Hussein Obama, is going to save those union jobs lest he be spurned by his major supporters. Somehow we find it a little contradictory that to save those union benefits requires these companies to shed union jobs but the Savior obviously has something in mind.

We can just imagine what the Messiah's conditions for salvation will be--more electric cars that few want and will buy (GM's much touted 2010 Volt will cost over $40,000), smaller cars that Americans don't want when the cost of gasoline is down, etc. Check out the "Pelosi Automobile" link in the box immediately under the Ben Nelson Hall of shame photo if you want an idea of what you'll be driving. Yes, let government and the Messiah use the same expertise to save the auto companies that they have displayed in already over shadowing the financial incompetence of the Bush administration.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

A message from Congressman Terry

In case you didn't get it, here is the latest missive from Congressman Terry. We don't always agree with the congressman, but he's right on with this:

President Obama's Budget: Largest Tax Increase in U.S. HistoryThe $3.6 trillion budget President Obama is proposing includes the largest tax increase in U.S. history. Taxing Americans with hundreds of billions of dollars is wrong.

Christina Romer, the Chair of the President's Council of Economic Advisors has said that "tax increases are highly contractionary." Increasing taxes during a recession will only prolong the pain.

President Obama's budget proposes to raise taxes on energy. The Administration is banking on $646 billion in new revenue from a so-called "cap and trade" program to pay for much of his budget. This new tax would be on the fuel you put in your car and your home gas and electric bill. This tax comes out to almost $3, 100 for every American household per year. This is the last thing hard working families need who are trying to make ends meet during a recession.
The tax increases included in this measure will also hit small businesses hard. Small businesses create 70% of new jobs each year, so taxing them more will result in more job losses that would be devastating to our economy.

This budget will raise taxes on investments by raising the top tax rate on capital gains and dividends by one-third only discouraging long-term investments.
One of the most disturbing taxes in this budget deals with charitable giving. This is a no-win situation. Under the plan, families who make more than $250,000 per year would have limits placed on the amount of tax deductions they can claim for their donations to charities. Charities that help people in need are estimated to lose nearly $16 billion in donations each year if this budget passes.

Increasing taxes during a recession will be the nail in the coffin for our economy. This budget does not just tax the rich as proponents claim, but it will hit families and small businesses with a one-two punch during an already difficult time.

Herbert Hoover raised taxes during a recession and it led to the worst depression on record. We need to learn from the past and not make the same mistakes again."

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

George Will speaks out on toxic assets

We thought that all of our readers would do will by reading George Will's commentary in today's Washington Post. While George can sometimes be a little hard to follow, one can not accuse him of being some right wing radical. His commentary certainly questions the legality of much of what as happening, including the recent vote on the 90% tax that Congressman Fortenberry of Nebraska was on the wrong side of...

Check it out at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/23/AR2009032302140.html

Nebraskans and the AIG Tax

Okay, we think it is crazy that AIG executives have received a bonus from you the taxpayer for their incompetence. On the other hand if you were one of those folks and Barack Hussein Obama and Christopher Dodd conspired to allow you to get them, why not take them?

We're pleased that Congressman Terry and Smith voted against HR 1586, the 90% tax to get the money back. That is just bad policy when the government retroactively punishes anyone through taxes-and quite possibly illegal. Perhaps if Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid had provided a couple of days to let their charges read the bill which had to be passed immediately so Nancy could fly off to Italy while Barack Hussein Obama waited for five days to sign into law, someone might have caught the give-away.

You may have noticed that we didn't mention Nebraska Congressman Jeff Fortenberry who for some reason decided he needed to vote to take the money back by the 90% tax. Bad decision, Jeff.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Swedes Get it Right - Say No to Saab

Yes, unlike Barack Hussein Obama and his cohorts in Congress, unlike some other countries, the good old socialist liberal Swedes are telling Saab to go it on their own or fail. Good for them.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Pandering to the Greedy Poor - Doug Patton

March 22, 2009

The Sunday morning talk shows frequently serve as fodder for these columns. Sometimes I watch simply to sharpen my point of view. On other occasions, when I am searching for a topic or an angle, these shows are cathartic to the point where I find myself screaming at my television set. This was a scream-at-the-TV-week.

I was watching with my usual level of incredulity as Chris Wallace sought the opinion of yet another Democrat tax cheat, this time Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-NY, on Fox News Sunday. Rangel, who represents Harlem in Congress, serves as the chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, which writes all of this nation’s tax laws. The irony here is that Rangel apparently sees no need to pay the taxes he himself owes. (If you are behind the curve on this, Google “Rangel’s tax troubles” for details.)

Wallace asked whether the 90 percent tax rate — what Lawrence Kudlow has called a “vengeance tax” — passed by the House to penalize AIG bonus recipients might be extended to other companies.

Wallace: “Congressman, are you saying that if one of these private companies that didn’t receive any government bailout (money) partners up with the government, starts buying these toxic assets, and they end up giving these multi-million-dollar bonuses, that you may come back and want to tax them?”

Rangel: “Well, I want to make it abundantly clear that what the private sector does in terms of rewarding people that — even if it appears on the outside that they don’t deserve these types of reward or bonuses, as they call them — we’ll take another look at that.”

We’ll take another look at that? This was the point at which I started screaming. Who do these people in Congress think they are? Do they honestly believe the American people have given them a mandate to create punitive tax law for each individual group they don’t like?

But it got worse. Rangel continued: “But the truth of the matter is you don’t do it with taxpayers’ money, and that’s where the House of Representatives is coming from under the direction of Nancy Pelosi. She says get our money, the taxpayers’ money, back.”

Now I was ready to throw something at Rangel’s face on my tube! “Everything you idiots in Washington do is done with taxpayers’ money, you lying old crook!” I yelled. “How about the nearly one trillion dollars you threw away on the so-called ‘stimulus package,’ which was nothing more than payback to your left-wing constituencies, and the president’s? How about the taxes you owe? When will we see those paid?”

It was then that I realized what has happened in America. We have become a nation addicted to envy. The president made a whole campaign platform out of it last year: The rich don’t pay their fair share. The rich have made out like bandits under the “Bush tax cuts.” The rich get rich while the poor get poorer. It’s the whining of America.

Conventional wisdom says that the rich are greedy. But greed is a condition of the heart, not the bank account or the ledger sheet. It is a sense of entitlement based in the covetous nature of humankind. It is a tendency that should be rejected, not embraced. Jealousy and envy were sins Christ warned man about 2,000 years ago. Today, however, we regard them as virtues, rights, entitlements. Greed can afflict the rich, the poor and everyone in between. However, it seems that the poor are especially susceptible to the siren song of manipulative politicians like Charlie Rangel and Barack Obama.

Rangel, who is black, once equated tax cuts with racism. “They used to say ‘nigger’ and ‘spic,’” he spewed in 1995 when Republicans took over Congress, “but now they just say, ‘Let’s cut taxes.’” Rather than encouraging his constituents to be the best they can be, to access the tremendous opportunity of America, this merchant of resentment would rather sell poison snake oil than the liberating tonic of truth.

This is the bitter, corrupt old man the poor, deceived people of Harlem have elected to represent them in Congress for the last four decades. This is the charlatan the Democrats have chosen to run the committee that writes our tax law. This is the poster boy for the party that panders to the greedy poor.
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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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AIG - When will it end?

If tax payers aren't upset enough about AIG, they should be enraged that AIG is suing the I.R.S for $301 million AND legal expenses in its dispute about taxes. Now let's see: The government has put nearly $200 BILLION into AIG and owns 80% of it---Through the government and Chris Dodd and Barack Hussein Obama's incompetence the government allowed a company that should have been allowed to go bankrupt the ability to dish out $165 million dollars in bonuses to people who wouldn't have received a penny had the government allowed it to fail.........

Wow what a deal. Bite the hand that feeds you? YES, THE AMERICAN TAX PAYERS!

Two Sad Commentaries



We're a little late in commenting about America's now infamous bowling president and his remarks on Jay Leno last week but just two thoughts:

Unlike George Bush and his malapropisms, Barack Hussein Obama just said something really stupid which reflects his total inability to talk coherently and intelligently without a tele-prompter.

NBC's bleeping of the comment once again reflects a total media bias. Does anyone think for a moment that the comment would have been bleeped had it been uttered by Geroge Bush, Dick Chaney or John McCain.

We say shame on you both, Barack Huessein Obama and NBC!

Obama's Numbers


On Friday we suggested there were opportunities for Republicans that act like Republicans and are listening. One of the things the press, even Rasmussen Reports, isn't make a lot of noise about is Barack Hussein Obama's support numbers which while nowhere the abysmal ones left by George Bush have fallen significantly since his coronation just two months ago. His support numbers have gone from 65% on the date of his coronation to 56% today while his oppose numbers have risen from 30% on the date of his coronation to 43% today. The latter is nearly a 50% increase in unfavorables!

Could this be about AIG (59% of Americans now think it's better to let it go out of business per today's Rasmussen Reports)? Could it be about the huge 'stimulus' package? Could it be about an omnibus budget bill contaminated by more than 9000 earmarks (sadly, by many Republicans including Nebraska's finest) ? Could it be about the advent of national health care or the SCHIP bill? Could it be about abortion? Could it be about his administration and its tax-cheat nominations? Could it be about the continued fall of our economy under our new messiah?

COULD IT SIMPLY BE THAT AMERICANS ARE FEARFUL OF GOVERNMENT'S OVER REACHING INTO OUR LIVES?

Friday, March 20, 2009

More Opportunities for Republicans

If only Republicans could get their act together. Today's Rasmussen Reports show that:

68% Say Most Bailout Money Going to People who Created the Crisis

With public outrage building over bonuses paid to executives of the bailed-out American International Group (AIG), 68% of Americans now believe most of the taxpayer money given out as bailouts is going to the very people who created the country's current economic crisis. Seventy percent (70%) of investors hold that view along with 67% of non-investors.

AND:

68% of Arizona Voters Favor Sheriff Who Gets Tough on Immigration

Check these out. In our humble opinion these are issues that the Republicans should be able to find unity on.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

AIG, Senators Dodd, etal and The Democrat Culture of Corruption.

From Rich Galen, and his Mullings some interesting stuff on AIG, Senators Dodd and Corzine and Barack Hussein Obama. You may want to read the whole piece at http://www.mullings.com/ Once again the ugly face of the Democrat Culture of Corruption....
"You know those AIG bonuses which have become such a problem for President Obama and his crew of merry men? It seems that those exact bonuses were protected by none other than the DEMOCRATIC Senator from Connecticut, Chris Dodd, during the negotiations on the $700 billion stimulus bill."

"According to Fox Business, Dodd added an executive-compensation restriction to the bill. The provision, now called "the Dodd Amendment" by the Obama Administration provides an "exception for contractually obligated bonuses agreed on before Feb. 11, 2009" -- which exempts the very AIG bonuses Dodd and others are now seeking to tax.

"Why? Because in the 2008 election cycle guess which Senator was the biggest recipient of AIG contribution money. KEEREKT! Christopher Dodd DEMOCRAT of Connecticut ($103,000).
"Why? Because Dodd is the Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee.
Want to know who was next? Barack Obama DEMOCRAT of Illinois ($101,000).
If Dodd were a Republican do you think there would be calls for him to give the money back? Where is the Senate ethics investigation to see whether there was any connection between $103,000 in campaign contributions and the Dodd Amendment?

"Happily for Dodd he is a Democrat and is, therefore, granted immunity from media accusation.

"On the Obama ($101,332 from AIG in 2008) front, the geniuses who are in charge of figuring all this out are talking about getting the Congress to pass a law which would tax the AIG bonuses at the rate of 100 percent.

"Drat. Once again, here comes that pesky Constitution. Article I, section 9: No Bill of Attainder or Ex Post Facto Law shall be passed.

"According to a definition on the usconstitution.net website:
In the context of the Constitution, a Bill of Attainder is meant to mean a bill that has a negative effect on a single person or group (for example, a fine or term of imprisonment).

"Passing a law which specifically names AIG executives to be taxed at 100 percent on a portion of their income would, it seems to me (who spent seven-and-a-half-years as an undergraduate student at Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio 45750) to qualify as a prohibited Bill of Attainder.

"Oh, and about Sen. Dodd? His take from AIG over the past five years has been about $223,000 and that's on top of the $316,000 he's taken from Citigroup AND $218,000 from … the Royal Bank of Scotland. More than three quarters of a million dollars from just three bankrupt financial firms."

Opportunities for Republicans


May be that there are some opportunities for Republicans if they can only get their act together. For example, from today's Rasmussen reports, these snippets:

"Forty-four percent (44%) of U.S. voters have a favorable opinion of Obama’s first budget as president, while 45% view it unfavorably, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Twelve percent (12%) are undecided." See: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/march_2009/voters_continue_to_give_obama_s_budget_mixed_reviews_worry_about_spending

" Support for the Democratic Congressional candidates fell to a new low over the past week, allowing the GOP to move slightly head for the first time in recent years in the Generic Congressional Ballot.

"The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 41% said they would vote for their district’s Republican candidate while 39% would choose the Democrat." See: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/mood_of_america/congressional_ballot/generic_congressional_ballot

" Sixty-eight percent (68%) of U.S. voters favor strict government sanctions on employers who hire illegal immigrants, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey." See: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/68_say_those_who_employ_illegal_immigrants_should_be_punished

"Seventy-three percent (73%) of U.S. voters believe that a police officer should automatically check to see if someone is in this country legally when the officer pulls that person over for a traffic violation." See: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics2/73_say_cops_should_check_immigration_status_during_traffic_stops

Would seem to be some opportunities here.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

What's Wrong with this Picture?


Seems Chrysler is looking for $5 billion more from uncle sugar by the end of the month so it can raise it's I.O.U. to the government to a total of $9 billion. Then, it's going to give a 35% stake to foreign auto maker Fiat for its technology and worldwide distribution network. Now, just a few questions:


  • Why should the United States Treasury bail out a privately held company?--unlike General Motors it isn't even publicly traded.

  • Does anyone realistically believe that Chrysler won't be back asking for more by the end of the year?

  • If Fiat is such a great deal, why hasn't it been able to sell cars in the United States for more than two decades and what makes anyone think that Fiat's worldwide distributorship is going to help Chrysler sell it's vehicles in Europe or Asia?

  • Does anyone believe that Chrysler will be able to rid itself of the non-competitive legacy costs and wages that have made it so uncompetitive with the 'domestic foreign' auto manufacturers?

On the other hand, does anyone believe that Barack Hussein Obama would ever allow a large union company like Chrysler to fail? We wonder what he might say about Walmart?

Biden Gets Foot in Mouth Award

He certainly isn't Joe the Plumber, but Joe (the plagiarizer) Biden seems to be quickly becoming the Dan Quayle/Dick Chaney albatross around Barack Hussein Obama's neck. His latest gaffe, using the f-word over a public microphone, may not have been as bad as Chaney's use of it to a senator on the senate floor, but it was certainly more audible to the public and you would think he would know better. Maybe Dan didn't know how to spell potato, but he didn't say half the dumb things Biden has already spoken.

Given Joe's propensity for stupid iterations we award him the Objective Conservative 'Foot in Mouth' Award.

Monday, March 16, 2009

American Idol and Domestic Terrorism - Doug Patton

March 16, 2009

This is the eighth season of “American Idol.” Knowing that it was nothing but vacuous eye candy, I resisted watching it for the first three years. Then, during season four, I got caught up in watching country singer Carrie Underwood, who turned out to be my favorite Idol contestant of all time other than Katherine McPhee, who should have won the season five Idol crown instead of the overrated Taylor Hicks. (Obviously, now I’m hooked. Pray for me.)

Imagine my disappointment when I read that American Idol and Carrie Underwood were supporting domestic terrorism. That’s right. Ms. Underwood is now donating money to an organization that supports groups the FBI has described as “eco-terrorists.”

Since winning Idol, Carrie Underwood has recorded such hits as “Just a Dream,” “All-American Girl” and “Jesus, Take the Wheel.” More recently, she has recorded her own version of Motley Crue’s “Home Sweet Home,” a tune American Idol producers thought would be appropriate to play for the remainder of this season whenever a contestant is eliminated.

The problem is that Carrie Underwood has announced that she is donating part of the proceeds from that song to the Humane Society of the United States. But isn’t this a good cause? Hardly.

This is not your grandparents’ Humane Society. Don’t mistake these people for a legitimate affiliate of your local or state organization of the same name, which does good work sheltering, caring for and finding homes for animals. In fact, search your local Humane Society web site. You won’t find a link to the radical HSUS. This organization, along with “People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals” (PETA), supports violent groups that have been named as “domestic terror threats” by the FBI.

In testimony before a Senate committee on May 18, 2005, FBI spokesman John Lewis stated that extremist environmental activist groups, including animal rights groups, are the nation’s top domestic terrorism threat.

“The FBI estimates that the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) and related groups committed more than 1,100 criminal acts in the United States since 1976, resulting in damages conservatively estimated at approximately $110 million,” Lewis testified. “There is nothing else going on in this country over the last several years that is racking up the high number of violent crimes and terrorist actions.”

David Martosko, research director for the Center for Consumer Freedom, echoed Lewis’ concerns: “When most Americans hear about environmental activists, they think about picket signs and street corner protests,” Martosko said. “But there is a disturbing underbelly to these activist groups that believes that detonating bombs, making death threats, physically assaulting people, and terrorizing through stalking are justified means of confronting people with whom they disagree. The public must realize that terrorist groups such as ELF and ALF receive support and funding from groups like PETA and the Humane Society of the United States.”

Rick Story, senior vice president of U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, also criticized Underwood’s decision to support HSUS.

“Carrie Underwood has decided to use her talents to benefit an organization dedicated to destroying the rights of thousands of her fans,” Story said. “HSUS does not operate or oversee animal shelters; it is a radical organization that seeks to end hunting and other responsible uses of animals in America.”

Story points to companies such as Iams, General Mills, Pet Safe, Sears and Ace Hardware, to name just a few, which have ended relationships with HSUS after thousands of sportsmen expressed strong protest.

I intend to contact Fox Broadcasting to protest the use of Carrie Underwood’s song on the show as long as she intends to direct the proceeds to the Humane Society of the United States. If you, too, would like to contact them, you can do so via e-mail at askfox@fox.com; by phone at 310-369-3066; by fax at 310-369-1283; or via snail mail to Mr. Peter Liguori, Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company, 10201 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90064-2606.

Carrie Underwood may think she is supporting puppies and kittens, but she needs to understand that she is supporting domestic terrorists instead.
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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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Is the glow fading?

Rasmussen Reports shows that in less than two months Barack Hussein Obama's 'strongly favor' numbers have fallen from 44% to 36% while his strongly disapprove numbers have increased from 16% to 32%. Total favorables have fallen from 65% to 56%. Could the glow be fading?

See: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/obama_approval_index_history

You might also check out this article on a potential backlash against Barack Hussein Obama at:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/16/us/politics/16assess.html?utm_campaign=email&utm_medium=widget&_r=1&ref=todayspaper?utm_source=rcpwidget&pagewanted=print

Sunday, March 15, 2009

AIG

Although we read Rich Galen's 'Mullings' regularly, we often find him a little too rambling to share with our readers, but we'd suggest you take a look at today's diatribe on AIG. It kind of reminds us of the response, "I'm mad and I'm just not going to take it anymore."


AIG and it's handling by the Washington elite is unconscionable and their payment of millions of dollars in bonuses is beyond belief. Read Galen and you'll be really angry if you already aren't.

See it at: http://www.mullings.com/

Friday, March 13, 2009

Something to watch

It seems Barack Hussein Obama is nearing a point where he may have to make a decision as to whether to give or not give federal health care benefits to same sex married couples. He has been advised by some that to do so would be in violation of the Defense of Marriage Act, which incidentally he would like to do away with. If he doesn't do so he may be regarded as a hypocrite and lier in the gay community. If does so, he'll raise a huge firestorm with lawsuits that will probably take the decision to the Supremes.

It will be interesting (and perhaps sad) to watch. If he gives in to the gays, he will be leading us further down that slippery slope which is precisely where a guy without moral or ethical foundation (see article below) wants to lead us.

More on Ethics, Morality and Science

In the event our posting of the Nazi flag on Tuesday didn't offend you as we discussed the embryonic stem cell issue and Barack Hussein Obama's decision that there is apparently no moral considerations or ethics when it comes to science, we thought we'd refer you to a well-written editorial by Charles Krauthammmer on the same subject. No doubt he discusses the matter with more eloquence than we did on Tuesday, even though we may have a more restrictive view of what should be done with embryos left from in vitro fertilization.

Check it out at: http://townhall.com/Common/PrintPage.aspx?g=ee059eaa-2e07-4b53-b9f4-215be3e6bd8f&t=c

More Democrat Corruption


Yes, one might say we are a little cynical, but we just try to digest and discuss what we hear and read and, unfortunately, it's hard to be anything but cynical at times.

Case in point--the good congress woman from California, Maxine Waters. Seems Maxine has't been totally forthcoming in disclosing her motives for trying to obtain TARP funding for a bank. Could it be that she should have told regulators of her husband's interest and hers in the bank before asking for money? Maybe she figured that since unlike a lot of Barack Hussein Obama's appointees she was paying her taxes and that gave her a pass on other disclosures.

Oh, well, read about Maxine courtesy of Michelle Malkin and see what you think at: http://townhall.com/Common/PrintPage.aspx?g=55307af9-e217-4a53-b1f8-640ef196d328&t=c

Thursday, March 12, 2009

More on the Democrat Culture of Corruption

Yesterday we featured Democrat Culture of Corruption in Chief, John Murtha in one of discussions. There is more interesting information about Corrupter in Chief Murtha today that further illustrates the folly of earmarks and political contribution to crooks like Murtha.
Check it out at: http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=news-000003072861

Where is John McCain?

We read today that the Barack Hussein Obama administration is thinking about taxing health care benefits. Now doesn't that recall a John McCain plan that Barack Hussein Obama terrified voters over back in the fall? The hypocrisy of it all.

For more on this, see: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/11/AR2009031103827.html?wpisrc=newsletter&wpisrc=newsletter&wpisrc=newsletter

"The trouble with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money."


One of our friends called our attention to an editorial by Star Parker. She ended it with the quote in our title. You might want to read her editorial, 'Back on Uncle Sam's Plantation' which discusses what social welfare has done to the black populace and not for it and what it is doing for banks and big business now under Barack Hussein Obama. Recommended reading at: http://townhall.com/Common/PrintPage.aspx?g=82184c26-9cd8-4983-bdf8-69d019df2036&t=c

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Democrat Culture of Corruption - Continued


As long as we are talking about the Democrat Culture of Corruption, another name synonymous with it and one that has real ownership in the current economic crisis is none other than Senator Chris Dodd. We have written in the past about lots of this but you may find some new stuff as well as old by checking out an article at: http://netrightnation.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=476383%3Athe-dodd-couple&catid=1%3Anrn-blog&Itemid=7
For even more on Senator Dodd, you can check out this article dealing with his potential opponent. While we find it hard to believe that Dodd and Barack Hussein Obama's political machines will give up this senate seat to a Republican 2010, maybe the smell of this guy will surprise. See: http://realclearpolitics.blogs.time.com/2009/03/10/dodd-threatened/?utm_source=rcpwidget&utm_medium=widget&utm_campaign=email

More on the Democrat Culture of Corruption Chief John Murtha


More on our friend John Murtha from today's politico at: http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=F2E39517-18FE-70B2-A80728D83F3EA85B


John Murtha is the Democrat Poster Boy when it comes to earmarks, selling his influence for contributions and his just plain odoriferous representation of what Democrats and earmarks represent these days. Check out the article.

The Pork-Laden, Earmark-Infested Omnibus Bill Passes

Well, it is no surprise that the omnibus spending bill finally passed. Here are our three thoughts:

  1. Senator Nelson continues to merit his Objective Conservative Hall of Shame nomination by his vote to support this bill AND HIS CONTINUED EVOLUTION TO THE LEFT, leaving main-street Nebraskans and their best interests behind. SHAME ON YOU BEN.
  2. Barack Hussein Obama breaks a major promise by saying that he will sign this bill which has some 9000 earmarks in it.
  3. Republicans continue to disappoint with eight senators supporting it's passage. They were: Senators Alexander, Bond, Cochran, Murkowski, Shelby, Snowe, Specter and Wicker. SHAME ON ALL OF YOU. You might check out this site for more on Republicans and their earmarks: http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docid=news-000003071404

For more on this see: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/10/AR2009031002653_pf.html

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Science over all


There is a good article in regard to Barack Huessein Obama's decision to overturn the Bush dictum on stem cell research by Yuval Levin, 'Science Over All?The Temptation in Obama's Stem Cell Policy.' You an check it out at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/09/AR2009030902233_pf.html

From our standpoint when you allow scientists to make decisions without regard to moral and ethical consequences you create frightening concerns about human experimentation and human life. Barack Hussein Obama might just be the one to launch our country on the path to becoming one that resembles the Germany of World War 11 and the atrocious deeds done by Hitler's scientists in the name of science.

The Irony of it

Yesterday we took note of the wasteful unwanted defense earmarks in the omnibus spending bill that the senate has fought over. Yet today, we read where President Barack Hussein Obama is trying to delay a tanker program and cancel a bomber program that the Air Force actually wants. Sadly, many of those who are upset with Barack Hussein Obama's plans are the same ones who want to saddle the armed forces with programs (weapon systems) they don't want. Dose that seem a little ironical?

See more at: http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docid=news-000003070256 Obama seeks to delay tanker, cancel bomber.

Monday, March 9, 2009

GOP Will Glady Take Rush if Dems Will Claim Soros - Doug Patton

March 8, 2009

Bill Clinton set a stellar example for Barack Obama. Neither of them understands the difference between campaigning and governing. But then, they did surround themselves with the same people, didn’t they?

Former Clinton advisor Rahm Emanuel, now Obama’s chief of staff, is once more cahootinizing with recycled Clinton hacks James Carville and Paul Begala. The trio is up to their old tricks again, running the White House war room as if they never left.

This unholy trinity has decided that the one burning issue on the minds of the American people in this time of economic uncertainty is (drum roll, please) who is the titular head of the Republican Party? They have decided it’s Rush Limbaugh.

If only it were true.

Do you think for a second Rush Limbaugh would have nominated John McCain as the party’s 2008 standard-bearer? Do you believe Rush would have signed off on the bailout bill George Bush and Henry Paulson cooked up last fall?

Do you think Rush Limbaugh would have let Ted Kennedy write the “No Child Left Behind” education bill, or pushed through the massive Medicare prescription drug program or campaigned for Arlen Specter for re-election?

Rush Limbaugh believes in the U.S. Constitution — including the Second Amendment — and in limited government. He believes in low taxes. He is pro-life. He does not believe that marriage should be redefined to include two men, two women or any other bizarre combination. He believes in defending this country, and in controlling our borders. And he has a firm belief that our rights come from God, not from government.

Anyone taking the time to read the Republican Party platform will quickly discover that these are the very principles advanced within it. It is a platform that has been carefully crafted over many years by grassroots volunteers who start in county conventions, then advance to state conventions, and finally to national conventions, where they spend their own time and money advancing a principled agenda they hope their candidates will champion on their behalf.

Only to see it trashed by the likes of Bob Dole, George Bush or John McCain.

The GOP should be so lucky as to have someone with Rush Limbaugh’s ideology and passion running their party.

If the Obama While House wants America to believe that Rush Limbaugh is running the GOP, it seems fair to ask who is pulling the strings at the DNC. A cursory examination of the Democrat’s platform tells us a lot. It calls for higher taxes on productive Americans and more welfare for those who don’t pay taxes. It supports bigger, more intrusive government and advocates unchecked power over American businesses by Big Labor. It promotes deviant ideas like same-sex marriage and other special rights for homosexuals, and destructive policies such as abortion on demand up to the moment of natural birth. Democrats also favor wide open borders, a shackled Central Intelligence Agency and a gutted military. Does that about cover it? I may have left out a few of the crazy planks in their platform, but those are most of the highlights.

Now ask yourself this question: Who most readily embodies and embraces that agenda? Why, it is none other than George Soros, everyone’s favorite paranoid Hungarian billionaire, who uses his vast wealth — gained mostly from speculating on and (some say) manipulation of currency markets around the world — to fund left-wing causes like Air America, Media Matters and MoveOn.org.

Soros is a behind-the-scenes despot. He is an evil man who has used his wealth to further all the causes the Democrat Party holds dear.

He was also a Nazi sympathizer. In his autobiography, entitled “Soros on Soros,” he blithely describes how as a teenager he helped cart off the possessions of Hungarian Jews after they were sent to concentration camps. Soros wrote that this never bothered him, even though his father was Jewish and he grew up in a Jewish home. He says he has no regrets for his actions. “Somebody would have done it,” he wrote.

Oh yeah, the GOP will take Rush Limbaugh in a heartbeat if the Dems will just claim this guy.

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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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Bad News for Republicans


According to Rasmussen Reports, 68% of Republicans view their party as leaderless. If the shoe fits, wear it.......


Obama's Coat Tails

From today's Congression Quarterly article, 'Nearly three dozen GOP House winners dodged Obama's coat tails.'

One of the unlikeliest places on the Obama-Republican list is Nebraska’s 2nd, an Omaha-centered district where the Obama campaign made a full-bore effort to secure one of Nebraska’s five electoral votes. Nebraska and Maine are the only states that use a district-based system rather than a statewide winner-take-all system to apportion electoral votes.

The big turnout of voters generated by Obama in Nebraska’s 2nd District nearly toppled Republican Rep.
Lee Terry . He nonetheless squeaked by to win a sixth term, defeating Democrat Jim Esch in a rematch of their 2006 race.

For more, see: http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docid=news-000003069493

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Barack Hussein Obama - Intellectualy Dishonest??

If you missed Charles Krauthammer's Column on March 6, you should check it out at:

If you are too busy here is his summary: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/03/a_dishonest_gimmicky_budget.html?utm_source=rcpwidget&utm_medium=widget&utm_campaign=email

"Clever politics, but intellectually dishonest to the core. Health, education and energy -- worthy and weighty as they may be -- are not the cause of our financial collapse. And they are not the cure. The fraudulent claim that they are both cause and cure is the rhetorical device by which an ambitious president intends to enact the most radical agenda of social transformation seen in our lifetime."

Government Waste, Defense Spending, Senators and campaign contributions

Although they may constitute more of an economic stimulus than the 'stimulus' bill, military earmarks are a prime example why we can't get government finances under control. We have senators and congressman from multiple states that would rather build unwanted defense projects than give up the jobs and campaign support they get from them. John Murtha continues to feather his nest through these unwanted projects. There is a good example in today's Washington Post. A few excerpts from it:

"It was Democrats who stuffed an estimated $524 million in defense earmarks that the Pentagon did not request into the 2008 appropriations bill, about $220 million more than Republicans did, according to an independent estimate. Of the 44 senators who implored Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates in January to build more F-22 Raptors -- a fighter conceived during the Cold War that senior Pentagon officials say is not suited to probable 21st-century conflicts -- most were Democrats.

"And last July, when the Navy's top brass decided to end production of their newest class of destroyers -- in response to 15 classified intelligence reports highlighting their vulnerability to a range of foreign missiles -- seven Democratic senators quickly joined four Republicans to demand a reversal. They threatened to cut all funding for surface combat ships in 2009.
Within a month, Gates and the Navy reversed course and endorsed production of a third DDG-1000 destroyer, at a cost of $2.7 billion. ...."

And even Barack Hussein Ombama said, "Too many contractors have been allowed to get away with delay after delay in developing unproven weapon systems," Obama said, attributing $295 billion in cost overruns to "influence peddling" and "a lack of oversight" that produces weapons meant "to make a defense contractor rich" instead of securing the nation.

"He did not mention that since 2006, Democratic lawmakers have presided over a 10 percent increase in the Pentagon's budget -- it now amounts to 46 percent of the government's total discretionary spending -- and have also voted repeatedly to keep funding weapons systems that have had hundreds of billions of dollars in cost overruns.

"There is equal blame to go around," a senior defense official said Friday, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of political sensitivities. "It's bipartisan. It's all about political expediency."
'Close ties between contractors and the military services help ensure that waste and inefficiency are unpunished. Lawmakers seeking home-state jobs and a steady flow of campaign contributions have every incentive to keep funding programs that Pentagon officials say they do not need, particularly in an economic downturn. "

"A lot of these weapon systems that are big-ticket items now have no purpose," said William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation, a Washington think tank. "The Taliban doesn't have an air force. China and Russia are at least a generation behind us. So at a time when we're talking about developing unmanned aerial vehicles and want to increase our special forces, we ought to be making a clean sweep of these systems that were built during the Cold War."

"The problem, he added, is that the defense industry, now dominated by a handful of large firms with offices or subcontractors in key congressional districts, plays the political game extremely well."
"Tens of thousands of jobs directly related to the F-22, for example, are spread among 44 states,
a point emphasized in a letter of support for the program signed by 194 House members on Jan. 21. The fighter was conceived in the mid-1980s, and even though Gates said last year its production should end at a fleet of 183, a bipartisan group of lawmakers appropriated $523 million as a down payment on parts to build 20 more in 2010. "

"Each aircraft now costs about $145 million, and senior defense officials note that the plane has not been used in the Iraq or Afghanistan wars. Although the F-22 is built as an air-superiority fighter, the U.S. military has not faced a serious dogfight threat since the Vietnam War, one of the officials said. The signatories to the Jan. 16 Senate letter supporting the additional planes included Vice President Biden, then still a Democratic senator from Delaware, Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.), Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). "
"The thing about weapons and bases is they are backyard issues for members of Congress," said Gordon Adams, a professor at American University who formerly served as associate director for national security and international affairs for the Office of Management and Budget. "It's not like foreign aid. It's about contracts in my district, contributors to my election campaign, things that directly affect my prospects of staying in office and my ability to say to my constituents, 'I got one for you!' That's the heart of a weapons decision."

"Since Democrats took control of the defense appropriations process in 2006, the defense industry has shifted gears: During the 2008 election cycle, more than half of the industry's estimated campaign donations of $25.4 million went to Democrats, marking the first time in 14 years the party had come out on top, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonprofit group that monitors campaign spending."

"The impact of the shift was pronounced in the two committees that control military spending in the House, where Democrats collected 63 and 66 percent, respectively, of all defense industry funds given to committee members in that cycle. The champion was defense appropriations subcommittee Chairman
John P. Murtha (D-Pa.), who collected $743,275 of the industry's money; second place was held by Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.), who collected $268,799, according to the center's tally. "

"Murtha added more than $100 million in earmarks to the fiscal 2008 defense bill, nearly a fifth of the total inserted by all Democrats, according to the watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense. Every earmark reflects a project that the Pentagon did not seek in its budget request, and some of Murtha's earmarks benefited clients of a lobbying firm called PMA Group, now under FBI investigation for possible violations of federal election law. PMA is run by a former Murtha aide, and some of its clients were donors to Murtha campaigns. "

"Murtha also joined other Democrats -- including Boxer -- in adding billions of dollars to the war budget for 15 Boeing C-17 cargo planes that the Pentagon did not request. "We have said we have enough" of the C-17s, the senior defense official said. "But members keep adding them to every spending bill, every opportunity they can find." Taxpayers for Common Sense calls the persistent funding "a gift to Boeing." Boeing spokesman Douglas J. Kennett says that the program's cancellation would cost "over 30,000 jobs with over 600 aerospace suppliers."
"Three of Reid's Democratic colleagues -- Kennedy, Patrick J. Leahy (Vt.) and Evan Bayh (Ind.) -- also helped add almost a billion dollars to the Pentagon budget over the past two years for continued production of an alternate engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, though the Pentagon said in 2007 that the engine is unnecessary. The plane is already $55 billion over its budgeted cost, according to the Government Accountability Office. The engine is being developed and built by General Electric and Rolls Royce in Massachusetts, Vermont, Indiana and other states; its production team says the engine will offer more flexibility for the fighter pilots if it is installed."

"Kennedy also joined Sens. John F. Kerry (Mass.), James Webb (Va.), Herb Kohl (Wis.) and other Democrats in demanding funding for the third, unwanted DDG-1000 Navy destroyer. "The world has changed markedly since we began the march to DDG-1000 in the early 1990s," Adm. Gary Roughead, chief of naval operations, said in January, explaining why he sought to cancel the ship in favor of building more of a smaller, cheaper and older alternative vessel.

Intelligence reports have warned that the ship will be unable to fend off missile threats, including an advanced missile being developed by China and simple ones already possessed by Hezbollah. As a result, the Navy agreed to end production of the hard-to-hide 14,000-ton vessels, capping the program at two ships instead of seven."

"A Kennedy aide said of the senators' joint letter to the Pentagon that "we'd like to think that it played a big role in changing their mind." He confirmed that Raytheon, which makes the destroyer's electronic components in Massachusetts, had contacted Kennedy's office about keeping the ship in production. But, he added, "we don't do Raytheon's bidding."
A Navy spokesman said Friday that the service still considers the DDG-1000 "a ship you don't need."

Friday, March 6, 2009

Over Reaching?

We've suggested that Barack Hussein Obama may be seen as beginning to 'over-reach' based on some of the evenly divided voter opinion on many of his initiatives. Again, today we see that with Rasmussen polling on his budget where more have an unfavorable view of it (46%) than a positive view of it (41%). Check it out at:

Voters Divided on Obama Budget Forty-one percent (41%) of voters nationwide have a favorable opinion of the $3.6-trillion budget proposed by President Obama in the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. But 46% hold an unfavorable view, and 13% are not sure.
We've decided that Ben Nelson will be our nominee for the Objective Conservative Hall of Shame for the month of March, having allowed him to share the title in February with wayward Republican Senators Specter, Snow and Collins. Ben continues his movement away from main street Nebraska values as he supports Harry Reid in his efforts to pass the $410 billion pork laden, earmark filled (some 9000) omnibus spending bill. He wasn't among the two straying (form Harry Reid) Democrat senators who stopped it's passage last night. He has supported the overgrown Barack Hussein Obama 'stimulus' package and is simply now part of the Harry Reid Democrat reliable votes.

Congratulations to Senator Nelson on his abandoning of Nebraska mainstream values and for his nomination as our March Hall of Shame Nominee.

Welcome Back Chuckie

Seems we will never see the end of failed, ineffective, has-been, former senator Chuck Hagel. Yes, he's going to 'donate' some time once or twice a month to UNO as a 'distinquished visiting professor.'

According to the overpriced, moribund daily rag he has donated 2000 boxes of documents (he must have saved every Congressional Record) and eight crates of photos and memorabilia to the university which will maintain his 'archives'. No doubt UNO felt because they get to keep his junk they should also give him a podium to spew his self-aggrandizing sermons from.

We had hoped Chuckie would have simply stayed in his home of Virgina, where incidentally he has spent most of his life including the 12 years of agony that he put Nebraska conservatives through when serving as their U.S. Senator. But, not content to stay home and teach at Georgetown, he will get his face and no doubt crazy comments published at well by the ever more minuscule daily rag when he decides to show up at class here. Perhaps he has realized that he is no longer a fixture on Sunday morning talk shows and only our daily rag will give him the publicity his ego seeks.

The bad news is he is back. The good news is we will still have him around to kick around.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Let them go bankrupt


Today we hear that the auditors for General Motors now believe that it may not be possible to save the company without a full fledged bankruptcy. Does that surprise anyone? We could have (and did) told George W. Bush that in December when he, not wanting to be the president to preside over the failure of GM and Chrysler, gave in to the auto bailout. Of course, for Barack Hussein Obama to allow a GM bankruptcy would be unthinkable (at least to him) given his love of unions so it will be interesting to see what transpires here. If Barack Hussein Obama and crew save GM now it will just be a few more months and, like AIG, it will be back for a handout.

Maybe some of us are just Nebraska rubes, but there is something to be said for common sense and common sense simply says that GM (and Chrysler and even Ford) will not survive and compete until they have parity with the other auto producers (Toyota, Nissan, Honda, etal) in this country on wages and benefits. The only way that will happen is for reorganization under the bankruptcy code.

Let them go bankrupt!

Effort to stop earmarks in omnibus bill fails-as expected-Nelson votes for pork.

Not surprisingly, the Senate voted down efforts to stop the pork-laden, earmark filled (nearly 9000) omnibus spending bill yesterday.

Senator Colburn's Amendment No. 623 to prohibit taxpayer dollars from being earmarked to 14 clients of a lobbying firm under Federal investigation for making campaign donations in exchange for political favors for the group's clients was voted down.

Colburn's Amendment NO 610 to prohibit funding for congressional earmarks for wasteful and parochial pork projects was also defeated.

Interestingly, good ol' Ben Nelson of Nebraska, you know that main street conservative, vote against Senator Colburn's efforts to stop the pork.


Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Maybe They Are Not Dead Yet


From Rasmussen Reports we find some interesting information-that the Republicans are only 2% points shy of being tied with Democrats on the generic congressional ballot. Maybe something is happening here if one looks at the trends over the last year. For more on this, see: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/mood_of_america/congressional_ballot/generic_congressional_ballot

Expansion of Dependence on Government is Wrong - Mark Fahleson, Nebraska GOP Chairman

Feb. 24 was Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday,” the last hurrah of excess before a season of reflec­tion. It is fitting, then, that on this same day President Barack Obama delivered his address to Congress — an oratorical hurrah of excess that, if successful, would make Americans more de­pendent on the federal govern­ment than ever before.

Since taking office on Jan. 20, President Obama and the Demo­crats in Congress have been on an unprecedented spending spree, the speed of which is diz­zying. At last count, the Demo­crats have enacted or proposed:
■ The so-called stimulus pack­age, signed into law by President Obama on Feb. 17, with a price tag of $1.1 trillion with interest. The bill contains “emergency” spending of $50 million for the National Endowment of the Arts and $300 million for plug-in and golf cart-like vehicles. Even if one assumes the Obama adminis­tration is correct that the legisla­tion somehow will create 3 mil­lion jobs, that comes at a cost of $262,000 per job.
■ A $410 billion omnibus ap­propriations bill, approved by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives on Feb. 25, that includes some 9,000 earmarks for “critical” projects involving Maine lobsters, tattoo removal and the “Ted Kennedy Institute for the Senate.”
■ A $3.55 trillion federal budget proposed by the Obama administration for fiscal year 2010 that begins Oct. 1. The budget radically would expand the reach of the federal govern­ment. It proposes $634 billion in new taxes and $318 billion in tax increases, including new limits on charitable donations to non­profit and religious institutions. Meanwhile, the annual budget deficits and national debt would reach unprecedented levels — obligations to be left to our chil­dren and grandchildren to pay.

If the sheer amount of the Democrats’ proposed spending wasn’t alarming enough, the pro­posed displacement of individual responsibility and private social service organizations by federal bureaucracies is even more con­cerning. At the end of the day, the Democratic plans, if installed, would make Americans depen­dent upon the federal govern­ment like never before.

Perhaps that is the Democrats’ ultimate goal. But that is not the goal of the Republican Party. Republicans, as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal aptly put it, believe that the “strength of America is not found in our gov­ernment. It is found in the com­passionate hearts and enterpris­ing spirit of our citizens.” Democrats, on the other hand, now believe that the strength of America is our federal govern­ment and that the way to a better life is to increase our dependence on government.

And who said there is no differ­ence between Democrats and Re­publicans?

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Democrat Culture of Corruption

Yes, the Barack Hussein Obama procession of tax-evading appointments continues with that of Ron Kirk to be the U.S. Trade Representative. Seems that Mr. Kirk didn't think he needed to pay taxes on honorarium fees that he donated to a college. Well, it was only $37,500 that he didn't think he had to report so it was probably small compared to Daschle and others, right.

With all of the tax problems Barack Hussein Obama's friends seem to have one would think that he would look to tax simplification, maybe even the fair tax, but then he and his Democrat members of the Democrat Culture of Corruption Club would have to actually pay their fair share which somehow just isn't right.

No doubt, as they did with the treasury secretary, they will approve this guy for a major position even though he doesn't have the good or perhaps ethical judgement to pay his fair share of taxes. Keep it up and maybe Americans will catch on.

Monday, March 2, 2009

One Promise up in flames


Well, if you check the Messiah watch you'll note that President Barack Hussein Obama promised to reduce earmarks to post 1994 levels. Well, he is about to sign the $410 billion omnibus spending bill that includes 9000 earmarks. ONE PROMISE BROKEN as America spends billions saving irresponsible businesses and giving away billions more in useless 'stimulus' dollars.

Welcome to the U.S.S.A.

Well, if it isn't clear enough by now our government is changing rapidly from a capitalistic, risk based one to one where failure is rewarded by allowing our government to take over moribund businesses such as A.I.G. and Citigroup. Today, the U.S. - now more appropriately monikered as the USSA-the United Socialist States of America-is advancing another $30 billion to AIG bringing our state in that business to nearly $200 billion. Where will it end? Do you think this will be A.I.G.'s last trip to the bar? Do you think it will be Citigroup's last trip to the bar? Will it be Chrysler and GM's? And of course, while nationalizing these businesses we are about to nationalize the health industry.

Yes, my dear, it is the UNITED SOCIALIST STATES OF AMERICA.

GOP Presidential Watch

We know that with barely 40 days into an administration it seems unbelievable that folks are already talking about potential opponents for Barack Hussein Obama, but it's a fact. You might check out http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/2009/02/friday_line_ten_republicans_to.html?wprss=thefix by Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post.

In our perspective we would say the top three for 2012 are Jindal, Cohen and Sanford, but it is early. We believe Sarah Palin has been made into a Dan Quayle and can never recover from it although the truth be told even today she is as qualified to be President of the United States as Barack Hussein Obama. There could be some dark horses out there but these are the three we're watching.

Barack Hussein Obama, Over-reaching?

If there is one thing we at the Objective Conservative are beginning to believe it is that President Barack Hussein Obama may be over-reaching on his plans for the American people. While he still enjoys popularity, many of the things he is doing has the support of less than a majority with almost an equal number of folks on the other side.

Take for example, health care. Here is what we get from Rasmussen Reports today on his ideas for health care reform:

49% Say Obama Should Delay Health Care Reform Until Economy Is Better

President Obama told the nation last week that health care reform is one of the top three priorities of his administration, but 49% of U.S. voters say the president should wait until the economy improves before moving forward on the health care front.

George Orwell Would be Impressed by Barack Obama - Doug Patton


March 2, 2009

There he was, standing before a joint session of Congress, promising America the moon one minute and sounding like a deficit hawk the next. President Barack Obama and his Democrat cohorts had just rammed through the biggest pile of pork in the history of the Republic, and yet there he stood, before the whole nation, telling us he was going to go through the budget “line by line” finding ways to cut waste. In fact, he intended to “slash the deficit” he “inherited” by almost exactly the amount he and his Democrat Congress had just spent. What a coincidence.

Like his hero, that great lover of big government, Franklin Roosevelt, whose priorities would change with his moods from week to week, Barack Obama at first simply seemed to be in over his head. I no longer believe that to be the case. This man is not incompetent. I now think that he knows exactly what he is doing and it is going to be terrible for this country.

Former Clinton advisor Dick Morris was exactly right this past week when he said that Obama is a true believer who would trade the possibility of a second term for the chance to realize his radical agenda for transforming America into a Socialist utopia.

Obama is a combination of Ronald Reagan and Big Brother — by which I mean that he uses his considerable communication skills to sell the agenda of a huge, intrusive government, and that he does it in a “Newspeak” that would impress George Orwell.

Those who have read Orwell’s prophetic little tome, “1984,” will recall that “Newspeak” was a language in which the line between contrary concepts was so blurred that words either had no meaning at all or could be used to create concepts that were contrary. When words no longer had meaning, the concept of truth was not far behind.

So what will Obama’s America look like if he gets all that he wants? It won’t happen overnight, but if he has his way, eventually it will be a very dreary place, much like the old Soviet Union. Having followed the old Marxist axiom of making everyone “equal,” Obama will have brought about the same kind of “equality” instituted by the old Soviet Politburo. Gone will be the equality of opportunity we have enjoyed for more than two hundred years, the right to experience life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In Obama’s America, as in the failed soviet state, equality of outcome will be the preferred result. The idea is to make everyone equally prosperous. This sounds good in theory, until one considers that the only way governments have ever accomplished this is by making men and women equal in their poverty, misery and squalor.

The most glaring example of this is in the area of universal health care. In Obama’s America, “free” health care will be a right. No one will receive better care than anyone else. We will all be equal. Unfortunately, that means that everyone will be neglected equally. Health care will be rationed, treatment will be refused, and the kind of inadequate health care that liberals claim the poor receive will be dispersed equally across the all American economic demographics. But at least we will all be equal.
And how does the president pay for it all? It doesn’t seem to matter to most Americans. He talks about “taxing the rich” in order to pay for his schemes. Yet, if our government confiscated 100 percent of the income of everyone in this country making more than $75,000 a year, he would barely have enough to cover this years’ budget! And we don’t even have universal health care yet!

Human beings are endowed with our rights by our Creator. Our Founders recognized that principle. This president and the majority in Congress believe our rights come from them. No one until now has been able to sell that idea to the American people. Barack Obama is doing his best to sell it to us now, and George Orwell would be very impressed.

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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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