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Thursday, July 30, 2009

With Obama's Poll Numbers Tanking, Hillary Clinton Keeps Her Election Team On Stand-by

Over the last few weeks, Obama has been hitting new record lows approval number almost every day. His stimulus bill was very unpopular and getting more so everyday as it's ineffectiveness has become well known, and Obamacare and Cap-and-Tax are heading in the same direction. With all of this negative momentum, Hillary is quietly keeping the bulls-eye on Obama for 2012:

Hillary Clinton says running for office isn't on her "radar," but she still has an eight-person political team and sports two overflowing campaign war chests.

Her team transformed the former Democratic White House contender's massive campaign debts into a $3 million mountain of political cash, according to federal fund-raising records through the end of June.

Clinton's failed presidential bid is now $1 million in the black, and her old Senate campaign committee has $2.1 million in the bank, much of it transferred in from the presidential account.

With his numbers falling faster than a mobster swimming with cement boots on, Hillary is keeping the possiblility of another run at the White House within grasp. I don't blame her Obama's blood is starting to get into the water, and she's looking to take advantage, if given the chance. Her ambition is well-known, and I don't believe for one minute that she ever has taken her eyes off that prize. Obama's "Team of Rivals" are going to implode, if things continue as they have.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Geithner to Chinese: Don't Worry, Trust Us; We'll Only Spend What We Need to Spend

After China expressed reservations about Obama's current spending habits, Little Timmy Geithner tried to reassure them by telling them, basically, not to worry and trust us. We'll stop spending whenever our economy stable:

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says he has reassured China that the United States will take steps to address rising budget deficits once the economic recovery is firmly in place.

China has huge investments in the United States and has worried it could be undermined by U.S. budget deficits. Geithner says the Obama administration plans to reverse the spending of hundreds of billions of dollars devoted to stimulating the economy and propping up a teetering financial system.

I'm sure that was a huge relief to China, the country that holds most of our national debt in their hands. The real question is when will Obama and the Democrats feel that the economy is stable enough to stop. The whole point is speculative, at best. "Stable" is a relative term. Democrats' could drag this deficit spending bonanza as long as they see fit.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Governator Finds Fiscal Backbone; Uses Line-Item Veto to Cut $656M Democrats Refused to Cut

Schwarzenegger finds his fiscally responsible backbone and stands up to Democrats in the state legislature:

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger made additional cuts to child welfare programs, medical care for the poor and AIDS prevention efforts Tuesday as he signed an $85 billion compromise spending plan that he called "the good, the bad and the ugly."

Schwarzenegger used his line-item veto authority to save an additional $656 million that will let the state restore a reserve fund he says is needed for tough times.

While "child welfare programs, medical care for the poor and AIDS prevention efforts" are all well and good, they are not too big and need to be trimmed down, or the whole state government will fall into bankruptcy. It's about time, we saw Arnold return to what brought him to the dance in the first place, that is being fiscally responsible.

Heath Care Reform Will Help the Retarded or Something

After Obama's Special Olympics comment a few months ago, you would think that House Democrats would be a little more careful with their choice of words:

The proposed health-insurance bill from the House of Representatives refers to mentally disabled people as "retarded" -- a term advocates, relatives and physicians find outdated and offensive. The bill refers to: "A hospital or a nursing facility or intermediate-care facility for the mentally retarded . . ."

The phrase could cause more problems with groups for the developmentally disabled, who were angered when President Obama referred to his poor bowling skills on "The Tonight Show" as "like the Special Olympics." Obama later apologized.

More Taxes on Poor In Order to Help the Poor: New "Fat Tax" on Sodas Proposed

Many critics of Obamacare have questioned Obama's ability to pay for his multi-trillion dollar health care plan. Democrats have responded with the same type of plan that Democrats' always come up with to pay for anything. They want to raise taxes on everyone:

While Democrats await the results of bipartisan negotiations over health care reform in the Senate Finance Committee, one of the proposals put before the committee received a nod of approval from health officials today: taxing soda.

If enacted, there will be a three-cent tax on sugary drinks including: pop, energy, and sports drinks like Gatorade. Last time I checked, Coca-Cola wasn't consumed just by rich people. The lower income families, also, consume such beverages.

In addition to taxing the poor again, it is, also, another example of Democrats trying to tell us that they know better than us how to live our own lives.

Like the soda tax, S-CHIP, the $1 per pack cigarette tax that Democrats say will partially pay for government-subsidised health care for children, was an earlier example of Nanny State Law that are designed to force us to do what Democrats deem better for us.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that a three-cent tax would generate $24 billion over the next four years, and proponents of the tax argued before the committee that it would lower consumption of sugary drinks and improve Americans' overall health.

At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's "Weight of the Nation" conference today, CDC chief Dr. Thomas Freiden said increasing the price of unhealthy foods "would be effective" at combating the nation's obesity problem, reports CBS News chief political consultant Marc Ambinder.

Anyway you look at it, this is another tax on those who make less than $250,000 and another possible broken campaign promise for Obama.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Blue Dog Democrat: Waxman Lied to Me, Democrats Declare Civil War Over Obamacare

There seems to be battle lines are being drawn in between the more moderate and liberal (boderline socialist) wings of the Democratic Party:

The Democratic Party is at war with itself, trying to pump out a deal on health care reform without fracturing on the floor of Congress.

Negotiations broke down Friday afternoon, at least temporarily, between party leaders and the group of fiscally conservative Democrats known as the Blue Dogs, who are trying to win concessions on the health care package.

"It pretty much fell apart this afternoon," said Rep. Mike Ross, D-Ark., part of the Blue Dog Coalition.

"I've been lied to. I've not had legitimate negotiations," Rep. Charlie Melancon, D-La., another Blue Dog, said after talks hit a wall between his group and Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

It didn't take long for the Democrats to start turning on each other. Obama and company have over reached, and now, the American people are having buyer's remorse. They see all of the deficit spending in the stimulus package that has done nothing as employment continues to go up. They see twice as much spending in Obamacare than the porkulus, and they don't like it. Polls have consistently shown the majority of Americans are uneasy or outright oppose the plan. These unhappy citizens are twittering, calling, emailing, protesting, and petitioning their Congressmen and women to kill the bill.

The Democrats that reside in more moderate districts and states have started to feel the pressure from their constituents and are starting to feel that their political futures in danger, if they continues supporting Obama's free-spending policies. So, Pelosi and Reid are losing support very slowly because of the plummetting approval ratings of Obama and his policies..

Dallas: Anti-Obamacare Protesters Attract At Least Quadruple Pro-Obamacare MoveOn Protesters at Rally member and spokeswoman, Paula Anderson, found a big surprise when her and her band of around 30 merry protesters showed up at Senator Cornyn's Dallas office to pressure the Republican Texas Senator to back Obamacare:

Local members had penciled in on today's schedule a protest in front of Senator John Cornyn's Spring Valley Road office, during which they had hoped to pressure the senator to support President Barack Obama's public health care legislation.

But when Paula Anderson, a member and spokeswoman, showed up at 11:30 a.m., she found another contingent had beat her to the proverbial punch: A large number of Dallas Tea Party members were already set up, voicing their opposition to the proposal. Anderson was stunned: "We really did not expect them to show up." She estimated the crowd at about 130. "From our perspective we took names of everyone there, and we had about 30 people," she told Unfair Park. "And I would assume they maybe had 100."

Exactly how many each side had is an open debate as there isn't any official head count. The general feeling is MoveOn had somewhere around 20-30 protesters, and the TEA partiers had 200-300 protesters. Obviously, it varies on which side you ask.

In the grand scheme of things, the exact number is irrelevant. The main point is MoveOn barely mustered a small fraction of support than the TEA party coalition could. According to Rasmussen, support for Obama has fallen under 50% for the first time in his presidency. Support for his actual policies are even lower. His honeymoon with America is long over. Now, people are waking up from thinking they elected another Bill Clinton to realizing they, actually, elected another Jimmy Carter.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Democrats Are Playing Hide-N-Seek With Official Obamacare Charts From GOP House Committee Members

Is Pelosi trying to hide the truth about Obama's healthcare plan from the public? It sure seems like it:

House Republicans suggested Thursday that Speaker Nancy Pelosi is standing in the way of Republicans sending to constituents a chart that is in the official record of the House Ways and Means Committee.

The chart, recently submitted for the record during a Ways and Means hearing on the Democrats' health care reform bill, shows the Republican interpretation of the Democrats' proposed legislation. The Franking Commission, which is responsible for determining which mailings can be paid for with the congressional frank, or stamp, deemed the mailing unacceptable.

Is there something that they're trying to hide in it? Why are they making it so hard for the Republicans to send this out to their constituents?

Did Obama Just Imply That More Goverment in Healthcare Means Less Bureaucracy?

Something Obama said during a town-hall earlier today was very peculiar:

"(Cleveland Clinic) set up a system where patient care is the No. 1 concern, not bureaucracy, what forms have to be filled out, 'What do we get reimbursed for?"' Obama said. "Those are changes that I think the American people want to see."

Yes, Obama people want to see less bureaucracy and patient care to be #1, but what you are proposing won't lead to less bureaucracy.

This statement is a bit off an oxymoron when you consider that what Obama is proposing is at least a partial government takeover of the healthcare system. Have you ever hear of anything becoming less bureaucratic after government gets involved? I haven't. The inconvenient truth for Obama in this quote is that more government intervention never means less bureaucracy. It always means more red tape and paperwork. More people have to ok an expenditure when taxpayer money is involved.

Does Obama know how government programs work?

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Shocker: Democrat Barbara Boxer Racially "Condescending" to Black President, CEO

Democrats for sometime have been talking down to minorities. They believe in the nanny state because deep down they think that we can' t take care of ourselves. That in itself is a bit condescending to all of us but especially minorities who tend to be poorer.

Sen. Barbara Boxer recently was called out for doing just that when talking with a black businessman during a committee hearing:

"We are referring to the experts regardless of their color," he said. "And for someone to tell me, an African-American, college-educated veteran of the United States Army that I must contend with some other black group and put aside everything else in there. This has nothing to do with the NAACP and really has nothing to do with the National Black Chamber of Commerce. We're talking energy and that road the chair (Boxer) went down, I think, is god-awful."

Basically, she implied that just because another black businessman of an entirely different organization, NAACP, agreed with her that he must also agree with her. This was insulting to the president and CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce.

New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine (D) Is Not Shy About Showing His Obama Love

Democratic New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine introduced "The One" today and didn't hold back showing his man crush to the whole world:

Introduced by Corzine as "our greatest president in this 21st century," Obama stuck up for the embattled Democratic governor, saying Corzine had been "tested by the worst recession in half a century"

That is a bit misleading considering that there has been only two presidents so far this century, and Obama, himself, has only been in office for six months. So, there isn't much of a track record to compare to Bush accurately.

This is a bit risky for Corzine because he is in a tight battle with the Republican Christopher Christie. In fact, Christie has been leading most of the polls recently even though New Jersey is generally heavily Democratic and virtually unwinnable for the GOP in statewide elections. Obama's personal popularity is still high, but his job approval numbers have plummeted and policy approval ratings have mostly tanked as well. So, Obama it could end up hurting in the long run, if Obama's numbers continues to drop like a stone like they have over the last few weeks.

Boxer Uses Politics of Fear to Justify "Cap and Trade" Energy Tax

Barbara Boxer echoed the Goracle when she scared people with horror stories of a world with out "cap-and-trade":

If the Senate doesn't pass a bill to cut global warming, Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer says, there will be dire results: droughts, floods, fires, loss of species, damage to agriculture, worsening air pollution and more.

She says there's a huge upside, however, if the Senate does act: millions of clean-energy jobs, reduced reliance on foreign oil and less pollution for the nation's children.

Boxer is engaged in her biggest sales job ever. The stakes couldn't be higher as she faces one of the toughest high-profile acts of her lengthy career: getting Congress to sign off on historic legislation to lower greenhouse-gas emissions.

"For Barbara Boxer , it's both the opportunity and a challenge of a lifetime," said Frank O'Donnell , the president of Clean Air Watch .

Why must they always tell stories of an upcoming apocalypse? Answer: they are trying to get people not to think about it too much and just accept what ever hogwash the Goracle is selling.

There is, also, a huge downside. There will be a huge tax for all carbon-based fuels. This will make prices for gas, electricity, and all products made or transported using these fuels will skyrocket as well.

She is going to have to do a sales of a lifetime if she expects to convince the American people that we need this because based of almost all polls they aren't. A recent poll by Rasmussen showed that 53% don't want any taxes raised at all to prevent "climate change" and 21% said taxes would be ok only if it was than $100 per year increase. "Cap and Tax" will be much more than $100 per year. So, it is going to be a huge hill that she's going to have to climb to get it thru Congress without public backlash.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Even Senile Former KKK Kleagles Posing As US Senators Can't See Any Benefit From "Cap and Tax" Bill

West Virginia Democratic Senator Bobby Byrd has formally came out against the bill that would enact a huge tax on carbon emissions:

He is not yet back to work in the Senate chamber, but U.S. Den. Robert Byrd is opposing "cap and trade" legislation pushed by the Obama administration.

The 91-year-old Byrd, Dave., was released from an unidentified Washington, D.C. hospital last week after a month-long stay for a Stagg infection. He expects to return to the chamber before the Senate begins debate on "cap and trade" - which is tentatively set for this fall, according to Byrd's office.

"I cannot support the House bill in its present form," Byrd said in a statement. "I continue to believe that clean coal can be a 'green' energy. Those of us who understand coal's great potential in our quest for energy independence must continue to work diligently in shaping a climate bill that will ensure access to affordable energy for West Virginias. I remain bullish about the future of coal, and am so very proud of the miners who labor and toil in the coal fields of West Virginia."

This is not totally surprising. After all, West Virginia is heavily reliant on coal for their economy. If this bill is passed, it could devastate the state's economy. It could even very well throw the economy in such a tailspin that it'll cause a deep depression.

Sen. Byrd is doing the right thing in this instance for West Virginians. It would be a disaster for their economy in these already sluggish times.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

What's With Liberals and Their Penchant For Taxing Addicts to Pay For Kids' Programs?

Now, this hasn't been passed yet, but it could be in the near future:

On my way into work this morning, I heard a report on the radio about a proposal in California to tax marijuana in order to alleviate the state’s budget meltdown. With the money the state could raise, said one supporter, California “could hire 20,000 teachers.”

First, Democrats added about $1 per pack tax to all tobacco products in order to pay for health insurance for children. Now, they want to legalize wacky tabacky to help poor kids, too. This time it will help educate them.

Just an additional thought: is it just me, or does it seem counter-productive for Democrats to engage in a "war on smoking" if they are relying on them to pay for their pet projects?

Also, why are they once again considering taxing the poor to help the poor? Low income people are the ones that tend to puff the magic dragon more than rich Americans.

How odd could it be in California? It might turn out that if we want our children healthy and well-educated, we must first light up, put on some Grateful Dead, and grab some munchies in order to ensure a better future for our nation's next generation.

Obama Continues to Channel Bush 43 Concerning Gitmo Despite Campaign Promises

Another surprising and welcome sign from the Obama administration came down the pike yesterday. Since his declaration that Guantanamo Bay will be closed as soon as possible just days after his inauguration, he has slowly but surely backpeddled into a policy that is hard to distinguish between the Bush policy on terrorism and Obamas:

The Obama administration said Tuesday it could continue to imprison non-U.S. citizens indefinitely even if they have been acquitted of terrorism charges by a U.S. military commission.

Jeh Johnson, the Defense Department's chief lawyer, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that releasing a detainee who has been tried and found not guilty was a policy decision that officials would make based on their estimate of whether the prisoner posed a future threat.

Like the Bush administration, the Obama administration argues that the legal basis for indefinite detention of aliens it considers dangerous is separate from war-crimes prosecutions. Officials say that the laws of war allow indefinite detention to prevent aliens from committing warlike acts in future, while prosecution by military commission aims to punish them for war crimes committed in the past.

We have seen too many times before people that were detained in Gitmo immediately return to the battlefield and kill our soldiers. This will save American lives as it will be one less enemy combatant on the battlefield shooting at our troops. For example: here and here.

If only, he could find his backbone against N Korea and Iran.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Missourians Could Soon Be Fined For Not Using Electricity

In an effort to pry hard-earned money out of every Americans' hands, Missouri state government could ok a new fee that will punish those who don't use enough electricity:

Some Missouri residents and businesses soon could see a new charge on their electric bills, a fee for using less energy. Though it might seem illogical, the new energy efficiency charge has support from utilities, most lawmakers, the governor, environmentalists and even the state's official utility consumer advocate. The charge covers the cost of utilities, efforts to promote energy efficiency, and cut power use.

I have two comments. First, doesn't this fly in the face of environmentalists, an important part of the Democrats' hardcore, "Earth Hour-loving" base. It's hard to believe that Gov. Jay Nixon and the Dems in the legislature would risk upsetting them.

Secondly, this is eerily similar to a recent story out of the Communist country of China where the local Hubei province fines its citizens for not smoking. What is the reason they gave to justify such a gross violation of their rights? They said that it was necessary to help the economy. That is the same that they are saying in Missouri, now.

Let's hope that those in power in the Show-Me State remember that they are in the United States not Communist China before this ridiculous fee is enacted.

This is a regressive fee because those that are more likely use less electricity in an effort to save money would be the poor not the rich. Therefore, the poor are the ones that will take the full brunt of this new fee. Is this more change that I can believe in?

Gitmo Alum Graduates to Become Leader Against US in Afghanistan

A Gitmo alum has graduated to become a leader in the fight against the US in Afghanistan:

A former Guantanamo Bay inmate is leading the fight against U.S. Marines in the Helmand province of Afghanistan, a senior U.S. defense official confirmed to FOX News on Tuesday.

Another Gitmo releasee is found fighting our troops. This is getting old.

The Goracle Has Spoken: Those Who Don't Believe Global Warming Is Fact Are Equal to Nazis

The Goracle has once again demonizes those who dare to challenge his prophecies of the impending global warming apocalypse:

Al Gore today compared the battle against climate change with the struggle against the Nazis.

The former US Vice President said the world lacked the political will to act and invoked the spirit of Winston Churchill by encouraging leaders to unite their nations to fight climate change.

He also accused politicians around the world of exploiting ignorance about the dangers of global warming to avoid difficult decisions.

Speaking in Oxford at the Smith School World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment, sponsored by The Times, Mr Gore said: “Winston Churchill aroused this nation in heroic fashion to save civilisation in World War II.”

This is just another attempt by liberals to call or imply conservatives or Repuplicans are Nazis. Former CNN host DL Hughley compared the Republican National Convention to Nazi Germany. That obviously went over the line, and to CNN's credit, they quickly, although quietly, canned him for it.

Bush was repeatedly compared to Hitler by liberal commentaters and protesters.

While most of the Democratic leaders shy away from directly calling Republicans Nazis, they definately tend to compare themselves with the Allies fighting in World War II without explicitly calling their opposition Nazis. Their implications are obvious.