Obama has decided to throw another loyal follower under the bus. David Axelrod, Obama’s Senior White House Advisor, is headed back to be amongst us commoners. I wanted to throw something together to see him off ..
Monthly Archives: September 2010
This proves that voters know that Washington insiders aren’t serving their best interests, especially not one who votes with Nancy Pelosi more than any other congressman,” said Dr. Lawson. “Nearly half of these respondents are Democratic voters, so regardless of political affiliation, Americans know you can’t spend yourself out of a recession just like you can’t drink yourself sober. Americans know that you need to cut taxes and wasteful government spending, stop the bailouts, and let North Carolina keep more of our money to allow us to create jobs and prosperity in our own communities. Americans are hurting and responsibly tightening their belts and their spending, so it’s time for the government to have enough respect for us to do the same.
Straight and to the point video. Do nothing and soon, you won’t have the choice. It contains a great speech from Ronald Reagan and some eery music.
The report from NewsNet5 in Wadsworth, Ohio, was scarcely considered news, ratingonly a few brief paragraphs: “A gun-carrying couple helped [police] catch a man who was allegedly beating his girlfriend in a parking lot in front of her two children…. Police said the couple, who each have a permit to carry a concealed weapon, called 911 [and] then pulled out their guns and ordered the man to the ground.”
Heather Evans told the 911 dispatcher, “My husband and I both have CCW license and we were in fear for her life, and we drew our weapons on him.” The attacker, Anthony Konopinski, is now facing domestic violence, child endangerment, resisting arrest, and drug paraphernalia charges.. [Read More]
|Sunday, September 26-Wednesday, September 29
The Spending Revolt Dates, Times and Locations are Below
The federal government is currently spending $112,000 every second. This amounts to $67 million in the 10 minutes needed to take a shower, more than $1 billion in the 162 minutes that the average American spends watching television each day – and a crushing national debt totaling more than $13 trillion.
The Spending Revolt National Bus Tour is rolling across America, bringing speakers, events, and a mobile activist hub to communities in our state – and hundreds of other locations nationwide – to demonstrate how the federal government’s escalating spending spree is bankrupting American taxpayers.
Please join us at this important event!
Learn more at www.SpendingRevolt.com
Sunday, September 26, 2010
9:30 AM -1:00 PM
Monday, September 27, 2010
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Pat Rogers’ Speedway Harley-Davidson
The corner of Second and W. Main Street
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Tuesday, September 28, 2010
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
11:00 AM-12:15 PM
Pembroke Pines, FL. – Whether it’s for runaway deficit spending or for a government takeover of healthcare that directly jeopardizes Medicare services for seniors, Democrat voters who grew up under Franklin D. Roosevelt and recall fondly the days of John F. Kennedy are now leaving the Democratic Party in droves.
Please read William Gibson’s article, “Worried about national debt, older Florida voters may turn against Democrats in elections” in the September 19thissue of the Sun-Sentinel.
Senior citizens are rightly concerned about the radical agenda of the modern Democratic Party- unsustainable deficit spending that directly threatens their children and grandchildren’s prosperity, along with the federal government’s takeover of health care system, also known as “ObamaCare”- comprise an agenda that will have terrible consequences for seniors. Substantial cuts to Medicare occur almost immediately as ObamaCare’s provisions begin to implement. These cuts to Medicare are estimated at $500 billion dollars over the next ten years- these are not merely cuts that are projected for people who retire in the future.
Medicare’s Chief Actuary has publicly stated that two-thirds of hospitals already lose money on services to Medicare patients, even before the implementation of cuts that are mandated by ObamaCare. If Medicare will be cutting back reimbursements to doctors and hospitals, the bottom line for senior citizens is that they will not receive many of the basic services that they’ve come to expect through Medicare. Doctors who have specialized in serving senior citizens will also be seriously affected by these cuts, forcing many of them out of business- these are the harmful consequences of ObamaCare that will directly impact the responsiveness of our health care system for seniors.
“More and more senior citizens are coming to the realization that Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is not a Democrat in the vein of either John F. Kennedy or Franklin D. Roosevelt, and that the Democratic Party is no longer the Party that represents the interests of the senior citizens,” said Karen Harrington, the Republican nominee for challenging Debbie Wasserman Schultz in Florida’s 20th District. “Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, along with President Obama, represent a new kind of Democrat that believes in unprecedented levels of government intervention and control– from previously unimaginable levels of unsustainable deficit spending, to the government’s takeover of our health care system that will directly jeopardize the quality of health care that citizens will receive- these are direct assaults on our liberties as well as the principles our nation was founded upon. The District’s senior citizens are becoming more aware that the agenda of the Democrat Party not only threatens their economic prosperity, but the hopes that they have for their children and grandchildren to live in a free and prosperous society,” said Harrington.
*from a press release provided to CDN by Karen Harrington for Congress, Inc
Thanks Barrack! All this idiotic talk of making us energy independent was horse-pucky. We could have drilled, nucleared, and gassed our way to independence, but instead you wanted wind, solar, and electric vehicles.
Sure, those things reduce our dependence on the middle east, but now we’re even more dependent on the far east.
The New York Times is reporting that now, China is blocking rare earth exports to Japan over a a fishing boat captain.
Sharply raising the stakes in a dispute over Japan’s detention of a Chinese fishing trawler captain, the Chinese government has placed a trade embargo on all exports to Japan of a crucial category of minerals used in products like hybrid cars, wind turbines and guided missiles.
They are also used in the manufacture of solar panels, magnets, and many other parts and pieces necessary for the production of Obama’s green energy. How important is China in the green energy area?
China mines 93 percent of the world’s rare earth minerals, and more than 99 percent of the world’s supply of some of the most prized rare earths..
Looks pretty important.
Not only does China hold a major portion of our debt, but they now have a stranglehold on an important natural resource that the green energy movement has made us all too dependent upon. Of course American companies could just buy the rare earth minerals directly and manufacture what we need, right?
American companies now rely mostly on Japan for magnets and other components using rare earth elements, as the United States’ manufacturing capacity in the industry became uncompetitive and mostly closed over the last two decades.
Oh, that’s right, due to high corporate tax rates and uncompetitive union pay .. we can’t. Unions, taxes.. who’s special interests are those? Yup, the Obarrassment.
Even if we did manage to rebuild some sort of manufacturing capability to build the components we need, we would still be held hostage by China. What happens when we catch a Chinese spy and want to try him? Oops, no rare earth minerals for us.
If you think this is just a green energy problem, look at how Congress and the Defense Department are reacting to China’s new found power (emphasis added).
The House Armed Services Committee has scheduled a hearing on Oct. 5 to review the American military dependence on Chinese rare earth elements.
The Defense Department has a separate review under way on whether the United States should develop its own sources of supply for rare earths, which are also used in equipment including rangefinders on the Army’s tanks, sonar systems aboard Navy vessels and the control vanes on the Air Force’s smart bombs.
“We are going to be 100 percent reliant on the Chinese to make the components for the defense supply chain,” Mr. Green said.
This is no small problem and turning to green energy has apparently made us no less dependent upon countries that hate us. Just one more unintended consequence of the Obama administrations ill-thought policies.
Here it is, no color, commentary or analysis. You read it and let me know what you think.
On Monday, I had the opportunity to spend a little under an hour with the President of The Alliance for Retirement Prosperity, Dr. Larry Hunter. Dr. Hunter is a supply-side economist that has worked in the Reagan White House as well as numerous Conservative initiatives such as Empowering America and the Social Security Institute.
On September 15th, Dr. Hunter launched what may be the first credible challenger to AARP’s monopoly on senior citizen and baby boomer advocacy and support. From the Alliance website, wethealliance.com, their mission statement sums up the organization’s purpose.
The Alliance for Retirement Prosperity Association is an association of advocacy groups (“Allies” or “Alliance Partners”) and their members working to ensure a prosperous, enriched and secure retirement for today’s seniors and the seniors of tomorrow while working in the political arena to promote conservative American values, principles and public policies that affect the quality of our members’ lives.
In talking with Dr. Hunter I wanted to straighten out some conflicting information on the internet about the Alliance for Retirement Prosperity. Many sites report the Alliance as a 501(c)4, or non-profit and that Dick Armey, Jack Kemp and Dorcas Hardy are co-chairs. It would seem that this is all ancient history as Dr. Hunter explained that to be a very old press release detailing a past project.
The Alliance is now organized as a for-profit Virginia Business Trust, with Dr. Hunter as the President. Dr. Hunter explained why a for-profit model is required to compete against AARP:
If we were going to take on AARP, we had to take them on for what they are. That means you have to have a for profit business who can provide real goods and services to members to compete with them [AARP].
Dr. Hunter went on to explain that many attempts to take on AARP as a non-profit have struggled. Why would AARP as a non-profit have an advantage over other non-profits?
AARP.org states that their organization is a non-profit
Founded in 1958, AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50 and over improve the quality of their lives.
This statement is fact, AARP is a registered 501(c)4 non-profit organization as far as the law is concerned, but, as an article in the SeniorJournal stated, it’s behavior is not similar to most non-profits. It sells insurance products to the tune of several hundred million dollars per year and the membership that it’s members pay for is not a traditional membership .. they don’t vote for AARP officers.
In other words, AARP claims non-profit status for tax exemption purposes, but in all truth, appears to operate much like a for-profit organization – that does not have to pay any taxes. Imagine that, a tax-exempt insurance company?
With the Alliance choosing to engage AARP head-on, how will they offer better and less-expensive products to the 50+ crowd considering AARP’s questionable tax-exempt edge? Enter: the free market.
According to Dr. Hunter, AARP finds a vendor or carrier and first asks them for an endorsement fee. Then, for each product or service sold, a “cut” is taken by AARP. This double-hit is going to be passed on to someone – the members. These single endorsements might also be costly to the AARP membership as the vendors have little competition within the AARP population. The practices, as described by Dr. Hunter, do not seem competitive and would seem to limit choice. What pressure is there for these vendors/carriers to keep prices low? In fact, it seems more of a monopolistic approach wherein an AARP endorsement gives an endorsed vendor a choke-hold on a significant market.
The Alliance is taking a free-market approach. With a supply-side economist at the helm, could it have gone any other way? The Alliance is creating an exchange where vendors and carriers will compete for every dollar of Alliance member’s money. Dr. Hunter goes on to explain the exchange.
We are going to create a real-time shopping model. In which, we are not going to offer single-endorsed products, we are going to bring in a whole stable of top-of-the line insurance carriers and vendors and then those carriers and vendors are going to compete with each other for our member’s business.
Each vendor will know that they must provide a good quality product at an attractive price or they will be drummed out of the exchange by simple market economics. As an added differentiator, according to Dr. Hunter, the Alliance will not sell insurance like AARP. They will have insurance carriers in their competitive exchange for members to choose from.
I shared with Dr. Hunter that several of Conservative Daily News’ readers have emailed or commented that they feel that some of AARP’s programs and discounts are rip-offs and asked him how the Alliance might address these concerns.
I don’t know what [your readers] mean by rip-offs, but what I have seen is that companies will offer a discount. To get the discount, you have to sign-up with a credit or debit card. Your credit card or bank account will be hit each month in order to pay for whatever you signed-up for. Many times, people are signing up for these programs and don’t really understand what they are getting or what they are agreeing to do. They will come back in a couple months and their credit card has been hit four times. . I can guarantee your readers that we will have none of that. Our discounts are going to be a coupon- basis. For example we have a very good restaurant coupon. If you agree to pay $5 a month for the premium upgrade, you will automatically get a $25.00 restaurant coupon to the restaurant of your choice. .. if anybody comes back to us and says they don’t want to keep doing this .. we’ll give them their money back.
Along with questionable discounts, readers have also mentioned that AARP seemed to be pushing increasingly left-wing policies. Dr. Hunter even mentioned this AARP town hall video that illustrates how out-of-touch AARP may have become.
This brings out another facet of the Alliance’s competitive strategy against AARP – policy.
We are pursuing what we call a common sense conservative consensus. People have been thirsting to join an association that caters to baby boomers and seniors that they find compatible philosophically and politically.
So what policy initiatives would the Alliance be pushing in the near future? He said that the Alliance won’t get deeply involved in social or foreign policy issues, but did make clear some initiatives they will be pushing:
- “Do everything in our power to repeal Obamacare .. because it was enacted under false pretenses”
- Push for across-the-board government spending cuts
- Push for across-the-board tax cuts
- Get government back to within Constitutional limits
- Restore the Constitutionally provided for powers to States
The push for across-the-board spending cuts led to another question – how to cut spending but not gut Medicare and Social Security? I asked Dr. Hunter if the Alliance would play a part in helping reduce spending and defining that optimal government size.
If we do this the right way, we can protect all the safety net programs from major cuts for current retirees and baby boomers who are about to retire. Reform the programs for younger workers and cut other government programs. It is going to be a challenge, no doubt about that. But, not as much of a challenge as the liberals would have you believe.. we are going to fight like bulldogs against any proposals, Republican or Democrat, to take a hatchet to Medicare [or] Social Security.
Acknowledging that the Alliance represented a policy agenda that should appeal to a broad swath of Conservatives, I asked how someone under the required 50 year old age limit could help the Alliance in it’s goals.
He offered the idea of buying the membership for your parents and upgrade to the family plan so the children of seniors and boomers can also take advantage of the discounts, offers and community forums.
With many Democrats running scared from their party’s handling of the economy and health care reform, they’ve returned to an old reliable campaign theme in the home stretch: attacking their opponents for threatening Social Security and Medicare.
“I will not allow these programs to be jeopardized or destroyed,” said Rep. Ron Klein (D-Fla.) when he was endorsed by the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans. In his retiree-heavy Boca Raton- and Palm Beach-area district, Klein has attacked well-funded challenger Allen West for Republican leaders’ “outrageous insult” of a plan to slash benefits and raise the retirement age.
When all the Health Care Reform pushes started, it was promised to be the golden goose for liberal Democrats. Since it’s passage .. not so much.
Over at HotAir.com Ed Morrissey delves into Bill Clinton’s realization of the health care massacre that is about to take place.
It’s not just the highly effective attack on it. It’s also because people didn’t want a government takeover of health care in 2010 any more than they wanted it in 1993. It’s hard to understand why Democrats took Bill Clinton’s advice seriously in the first place. After all, Clinton himself didn’t take it at the time; he dropped HillaryCare and moved back to the center, and won his next election because of it.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Republicans are hoping to stifle the Obama administrations policies, including health care reform, by “starving” them of money.
The White House concedes that Congress’s withholding funds would be a threat to the health-care law, but argues such a strategy could backfire with consumers, particularly if it threatened to nix popular provisions, such as allowing children to stay on their parents’ insurance plans until they turn 26.
If that doesn’t point to a policy in trouble, the newest polling numbers on the unpopular health care reform? 61% favor repealing Obamacare. From Rassmussen Reports:
Sixty-one percent (61%) of Likely U.S. Voters now at least somewhat favor repeal of the new national health care law, including 50% who Strongly Favor it. That’s up eight points from a week ago and the highest level of opposition measured since late May.
It is doubtful that Obama will be willing to make the “move-to-the-middle” that Bill Clinton did after the 1994 elections. Progressive Democrats may have sealed their own fate.
This week has been full of self-interested politicians .. being self-interested. Christine O’Donnell pointed out the elitistm with her “ruling class” comments on Friday .. then .. the elitists just went and proved her point.
Lisa Murkowski has announced that she will be a write-in candidate against the Joe Miller who defeated her in the primary. Her motives are those of self-interest. She believes she is entitled to that Senate seat – damn the will of the people. She lost in a primary. The people have spoken, but she’s not listening.
Then again, when we look at how Mike Castle has handled losing to Christine O’Donnell in Delaware, it becomes obvious that those that associate themselves so closely with established politics are all self-interested elitists. Castle is refusing to endorse the candidate that defeated him in the primary and took calls from the White House shortly after losing. Will he pull a Charlie Crist and come back as an independent to split the Conservative vote? Would fit his lack of character perfectly.
As the piece-de-resistance, we get our President deciding that the Declaration of Independence has it wrong. By deciding to omit “Creator” from the a reciting of the document, is he saying that the rights are endowed to us .. by him, the Obarrassment? The striking omission is in this video around the 22:30 mark.
The failed sales pitch on the “Recovery Summer” not withstanding .. the U.S. economy is still in dire straights. We are making less money, food and energy are costing more, and manufacturers are struggling to increase the prices on goods which would allow them to hire more people or pay employees more. Are we seeing disinflation or the beginnings of deflation? Neither is good.
Yesterday, I took a look at the Department of Labor statistics going all the way back to March to show that there has been zero improvement in the jobless situation as far back as the first quarter.
Today the Wall Street Journal published an article demonstrating that deflationary pressure has ben in play for over a decade.
Over at Bloomberg.com a terrifying combination of retail stagflation while energy and food prices rise:
If businesses cannot ask a higher price for their products, they simply cannot hire more people or increase the wages of those who already work for them. If employees cannot bring in more money, but their necessities – energy and food – get more expensive .. there will be even less money in the economy left to buy goods and services.
Eventually people will get even more conservative with their food and energy spending which could trigger heavy deflation in even those sectors.
Years ago when the ban of smoking near entrances to building took hold, you were warned. Either help the smokers or you will be next.
Am I advocating smoking? Of course not. But as a true Conservative, the freedoms of the individual are central to my decision making processes. I certainly agree that they don’t have the right to smoke in your face or in close proximity to you – and most wouldn’t. Now, New York Mayor Michael (build the Mosque at Ground Zero) Bloomberg is pressing for regulations that would make it illegal to smoke in .. public open-air areas. These areas include parks, beaches, boardwalks and pedestrian plazas (that could mean just about anything) like Times Square.
Certainly everyone can get on board with this right? I mean .. seriously, let’s eliminate smoking everywhere. Cars next, then your own home. There is no reason for you to get involved in stopping this because it’s good for the country .. or something. It promotes a healthier lifestyle .. it cleans the air for others .. it .. well, that’s pretty much it. So why would anyone, other than smokers, oppose such a ban? Perhaps because your vice is next.
Alcohol will most-likely be next. They can’t prohibit it (everything becomes fashionable again at some point) without a Constitutional amendment, but they can tax the living crap out of it, restrict it’s use to a small closet in the back of your house, or refuse to let you into the government health care insurance exchange if you choose to imbibe – which you will if this administration keeps at its craptastic policies.
Once alcohol has been turned into the evil monster, they’ll attack sodas .. wait .. that’s already happening. Next!
Tsarina Michelle is already attacking meat, salt, fast food and anything else that tastes good. Wait until they outlaw good tasting food.
What after that? Video games? Blogging? Internet use? TV watching? All of those things may make us less productive Americans so why wouldn’t the government want to limit how much time we spend doing those things or wholly prevent them?
If we don’t fight the oppressive, intrusive government elitists at each attempt to dictate to us what we should or should not do, a freedom we cherish will be next on the chopping block. Those who have already lost theirs due to our inaction .. will feel no compunction to help us in our fight.
Oh the media. Every outlet has been totally abuzz about the drop in initial jobless claims reported by the Department of Labor today. It was only a reduction of 3,000 people, but that’s not where they failed to do their homework- the 450,000 number .. is THE SAME as it was back in March and before. That means that things are not improving. In fact, when compared to March numbers .. things are actually worse.
To prove the point, I pulled every report from the Department of Labor website since March. Since today’s news was about seasonally adjusted numbers, I used the same screwy set of numbers to create this graph.
In March initial claims were at 442,000 – yeah, 8,000 less than today’s report. What’s even more surprising is that we actually reached the lowest number in July at 427,000. Two months later and people are still filing initial claims at a rate of 450,000 a week.
Think about it, that’s NEW claims only and is around 2 million people every month that need help from the government .. that have not needed it before (initial claims).
Honestly, we are in a range of roughly 425,000 to 480,000 claims weekly and today’s report shows that it isn’t improving at all. Stimulus spending has done absolutely nothing and the situation may actually be deteriorating. If we don’t see seasonally adjusted, weekly claims drop below 400,000 soon .. another spike like the August nightmare of over 500,000 claims could be soon to follow.
Are companies still laying off? Yes, today Fedex announced a 1700 person layoff due to a dismal forecast. If one of the largest shippers is forecasting doom .. businesses must not be thinking about moving more inventory and filling more orders.
The government and the media are not showing you this. The government needs you to spend and I have no idea why the media didn’t bother to research this.
Today’s numbers are no improvement and the next month or so will be telling. Keep this chart bookmarked and revisit every time they tell you that things are looking up. Of course, upward is relative and we are in quite a hole.