Sunday, March 15, 2009

Dealing WIth The Democrats

Like Gulliver being overwhelmed by the Lilliputians....

Reason and rational thought are being overwhelmed by the relentless obfuscations, misdirections, attacks, non sequitur's, purely partisan legislative initiatives, and non-truths being unleashed by the army of Obamacrats'  and their 5th Column in the 4th Estate, the apparent bull-pen for Obama's communications staff and the Democrat Party.

Let's take a look at the issues Obama and the Democrats have put up that need to be addressed:

  • Signing the Omnibus Funding Bill was the most brazen act of hypocrisy committed by President Obama. Despite his oft-stated campaign promises to change the way that Washington worked and to go line-by-line through every budget and eliminate ear-marks, Obama, in a most sinister way, signed this pork-laden affront to the citizens of the United States with the sole comment that it had errors in it, and he'd do better next time.

  • The Employee Free Choice Act (another Orwellian aspect of the Bill) was reintroduce in the Congress by the Democrats . Not only will this dishonestly named act eliminate freedom of choice for the workers by eliminating the secret ballot, but they've slyly included injected the government into collective bargaining. If a union and an employer can't agreee to their first contract in 120 days, the government will appoint a panel of arbitrators who will. An arbitration panel's power to dictate terms is virtually limitless. Such panels could impose uncompetitive wage rates and unworkable work rules. Arbitrators could also impose mandatory union dues and discharge for failure to pay. Neither of these elements are needed, unions currently win well over 50% of certification elections (In the first half of 2008, they won 67% of the time).  This Act is not only a pure political payback to the Unions for their support, but a highly injurious intrusion of the hand of government into private commerce.  If enacted, this will have a chilling and significantly negative impact on job growth in the U.S. There seems to be a direct correlation between states with high unionization and low job growth - Michigan being a prime example.

  • President Obama, in signing the executive order allowing Federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, was not only ungracious in his comments regarding President Bush, but dishonest and cynically sly in his statements. As Charles Krauthammer points out in his column, "Bush had restricted federal funding for embryonic stem cell research [specifically]to cells derived from embryos that had already been destroyed (as of his speech of Aug. 9, 2001). While I favor moving that moral line to additionally permit the use of spare fertility clinic embryos, Obama replaced it with no line at all. He pointedly left open the creation of cloned -- and noncloned sperm-and-egg-derived -- human embryos solely for the purpose of dismemberment and use for parts."  Although many dismiss the concept of 'slippery slope', the historical reality shows up that when ethics are tossed aside, man can be an extraordinarily evil being. As Krauthammer points out, Dr. Mengle and Tuskegee are but a few examples. Obama's abdication of the role of an ethical parent by abandoning the decisions on dealing with human embryos, will be a stain on his legacy forever.

  • This week, ostensibly "pro-nuclear" Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced the administration's decision to eliminate nuclear energy as a direction for our energy independence, by killing the nuclear-waste-storage site at Yucca Mountain in the Nevada desert. Chu said the project needed a "fresh look" and that "we can do a better job." That's an interesting perspective from a supposedly astute scientist, but then again, similar to Al Gore, he is a Nobel Laureate.

    The Yucca site has been studied for more than 20 years, undergoing $9.5 billion of tests by some 2,500 of the nation's leading scientists who gave it a clear green light to proceed for the following reason; it's in the middle of nowhere and has ideal meteorological conditions.  If after all that analysis we can't stockpile waste there, we won't be able to find another place.  At least not in our lifetimes.  As pointed out by
    Josh Gilder , "those billions of dollars of studies determined that 10,000 years from now the greatest annual radiation dose near Yucca Mountain as a result of deteriorating storage canisters would be 0.24 millirem. In a million years, it might get up to .9 millirem. Yet normal cosmic radiation delivers a dose of 26 millirems a year at sea level. If you moved from Manhattan to Denver, you'd be about doubling that."

  • President Obama's Education agenda sounds great initially. I can't argue against calling for higher standards, more charter schools, merit pay, increased accountability and eliminating bad teachers.  However, as they say, the proof will be in the pudding.  The initial information that I've been able to get (and given it was from NPR...who could argue with it - smirk on my part) suggests that he's not being forthcoming.  It appears that his idea of evaluating teacher quality will be based on teachers completing some type of certification process managed by the NEA, as opposed to objective and credible and tested knowledge of the students. It appears that we have another credibility issue with this President.  The NEA, just like it's brethren in other unions, will be able to increase it's ability to shut out competition from non-union teachers and non-public schools.  This is not a surprise, given that by signing the Omnibus funding bill, he eliminated the Federally funded voucher program that allowed disadvantaged black children to continue their attendance at the Sidwell school where his own daughters are students.  As the Wall Street Journal reports , "The stimulus bill throws an unprecedented $100 billion at the nation's 14,000 school districts, but it subsidizes the status quo and demands little from recipients in return. The Milwaukee school system is receiving millions of dollars for additional school construction though it has excess capacity and stagnant enrollment. Detroit Public Schools, according to a recent Detroit Free Press story, "stands to reap $530 million -- $355 million with no strings attached -- from the federal stimulus package that will hand Michigan nearly $7 billion over two or three years. . . . In all, the state and local school districts could have at least $2.5 billion to spend as they see fit." (Our emphasis.)

    Detroit graduates a mere 24% of its students and has a history of corruption. Audits in 2001 and 2004 found $2.5 million missing or misspent, and the city's schools superintendent was fired in December for incompetence. How does shoveling hundreds of millions of dollars more into such a system advance Mr. Obama's reform agenda?"

  • It always depends on whose ox is being gored.......It seems that the celebrities in Hollywood and New York believe in Supply-Side Economics, and they also give proof to the adage that when you tax things, you get less of them, and less tax revenue.   The Wall Street Journal  reports that "the actor Alec Baldwin recently rebuked New York Governor David Paterson for threatening to try to help close the state's $7 billion budget deficit by canceling a 35% tax credit for films shot in the Big Apple.

    "I'm telling you right now," Mr. Baldwin declared, "if these tax breaks are not reinstated into the budget, film production in this town is going to collapse, and television is going to collapse and it's all going to go to California." Well, well. Apparently taxes do matter, at least when it comes to filming "30 Rock" in Manhattan.  According to the Wall Street Journal, the Motion Picture Association of America states that "nearly 40 states have corporate tax carve outs, or generous cash rebates, to lure movie studios to their states.

    Of course, this is the same Hollywood film industry whose members fund causes and candidates that favor raising taxes on everyone else. The Motion Picture Production and Distribution industry last year gave $14 million in political contributions: 89% went to pro-tax Democrats. A few years ago, director Rob Reiner funded a successful California initiative to raise the state income tax rate to more than 10%. Unlike a film shoot, which can relocate on a moment's notice, your average small businessman in Encino is stuck paying the highest tax rate in the country -- at least until he gives up and moves to Reno."

  • Joe Biden was correct,  President Obama is being tested, and it didn't take six months. He's been "flicked " by the Chinese, the Iranians, NATO, and the Russians already, but now the Cuban's and Chavez 'flicked' him too. They both announced that they would provide landing and support capabilities for Russian long-range Tu-160 Blackjack bombers, a supersonic, heavy bomber, designed to strike strategic targets with nuclear and conventional weapons deep in continental theaters of operation. Now the question is, how will he respond to these threats? And how will the rest of the world assess his reaction? Oh, yes, lest we forget, the Chinese upped their 'flicking' by Chinese Premier Wen Jaibao asking whether or not US Treasury Bills were safe. "There’s no safer investment in the world than in the United States,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said today. Wen earlier said he is “worried” about his country’s holdings of U.S. government debt. China held $696 billion of U.S. government securities at the end of last year, 46 percent more than 12 months earlier.  Expect this subject to be raised often and loud by the Chinese if Obama doesn't respond effectively, and that doesn't mean just saying "our IOU's are good".

  • Maxine Waters has once again displayed tremendous insensitivity, if not actual ethical violations as a result of her actions associated with OneUnited, a Black-owned bank.  If one were to follow the Attorney General,  Eric Holder's advice to not be a coward and discuss race issues, this would be one of those 'magic moments".  Representative Waters actions, if done by a white person, would have that person subjest to a Judicial investigation, and rightly so.  The question is, will the Democrats have the fortitude to do the right thing.  My guess is that they won't, and she will continue in her corrupt ways.

  • Obama has now created a rift between what he said he was going to do, and what he's done.
    First, he said he was going to eliminate earmarks and go through the budget to eliminate pork.
    He did just the opposite.
    Second, he was going to be bi-partisan.
    Aside from offering a few drinks at the White House, he hasn't been.  In fact, he's been exceedingly politically partisan.
    Third, ethics reform was a big deal for him during the campaign.  He couldn't stop bashing lobbyists as the main culprits of our governmental problems.  Well, not only did he nominate lobbyists to key positions, the majority of his nominees have been tax evaders, or cheats.  Nice start, can't wait to see what happens when he gets a real feel for the job.  His Cabinet and Congress will really look like the Star Wars bar scene.

  • I'm convinced that one of the fundamental elements of the financial crises has been the requirement for banks and other financial institutions to mark their assets to market.  In November I called for this FASB regulation to be changed, and recently their have been others  calling for the same action. The reason that our banks need more capital, is that the government has required them to value their assets backed by mortgages to zero, because there isn't any market for them right now.  Those assets are worth a lot more than zero, and you and I would both love to have ownership of them.  Allow the banks to value their assets appropriately, and the financial crises would end tomorrow.  Of course we'd still have to rebuild the economy, but at least Barny Frank, Chris Dodd, Maxine Waters, and Barack Obama wouldn't be as much in the way.

  • Ending on a classic view of this nation at it's journalistic best, here's the Chris Matthews – Ari Fleischer smack down.  Ari wins.....

And that's just one week's worth of issues (if I hadn't run out of time, Iraq, Iran, and the whole global climate change fiasco would have listed too.)


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