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Archive for December, 2011

We’ve Lost Iraq. Thank You President Obama!

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Iran is planning to close the Strait of Hormuz. It is now conducting navel maneuvers(the  navel  phase of  the  ten day Great Prophet-6 exercise) in the Strait, as a third aircraft carrier (USA) is streaming to the Strait. Iran’s  navy has only a few frigates  and submarines on  the  high seas, but a year ago it began to deploy them in the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea. So ,Iran is flexing its muscles ––– it is no longer isolated or afraid of what the USA will do to oppose it. With US withdrawal of troops from Iraq, Iran now has a direct line to the Mediterranean through Iraq, and thus the map of the Middle East has been re-drawn.Iran will now resupply and support Syria in its fight against its dissidents, and will re-arm and strengthen the hand of Hezbollah, also through Iraq.
This would never have happened if a sizable force, 15 to 18,000 American troops remained in Iraq as the generals wanted. And so, we’ve lost Iraq and made the world more dangerous. All to satisfy the anti-war elements of the Democratic Party and shore up Obama’s ultra left wing to further his election in November.

Are The Republicans Dropping The Ball?

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Well, Christmas, 2011 is gone. 2012 hovers just outside our vision, but portends to be a year that will be etched boldly in our nation’s history. The election of a president, one third of the Senate, and the House of Representatives.
The president, Barack Hussein Obama is a Democrat, the Senate is in Democratic hands (53-47), and the House is firmly in Republican hands.
The economy is in a dreadful state––– 8.9% unemployment; 14+ trillion dollars in national debt; untold regulations heaped upon businesses, which are stifling economic recovery and growth; a government growing larger and larger each year, piling up millions of dollars of debt every minute; corruption in the administration (Solyndra; failure to prosecute the Black Panthers voter intimidation efforts; action against voter ID rules; bypassing the Constitution through regulations, etc., etc.); the imminent implementation of ObamaCare if reelected, which will plunge the economy into even greater debt and increase unemployment; foreign affairs debacles (abrupt pull-out from Iraq; failing to confront Iran; antagonism toward our allies; etc., etc.).
So, the president and the Democrats should be an easy target for defeat in November. Right? Wrong!
The Republicans are in disarray. Their primary election follies are marked by painful attacks on each other, rather than the rightful target ––– Obama, his administration, and the Democrat controlled Senate. What the Republicans should be doing is: focus on the dreadful economy and HOW THEY, THE REPUBLICANS, WILL FIX IT; point out the corruption in this administration and HOW THEY, THE REPUBLICANS, WILL PREVENT IT IN THE FUTURE; how Obama is not only a flawed and ineffective leader, but what his agenda and motives are and WILL BE if re-elected, and how this will plunge us into a European-style mega-government state that has failed in Europe –– see the Euro crisis; compare and contrast Obama’s tax, regulatory, energy, and health care policies that will destroy our economy and HOW THE REPUBLICANS WILL PROVIDE AN ALTERNATIVE VISION; and how the Republicans will elect a President who WILL NOT go around the world bad-mouthing America; and how a new administration WILL restore America’s standing as the leader of the free-world.
Just lambasting Obama and the Democrats won’t work, won’t win this critical election ––– Republicans must articulate WHAT THEY WILL DO TO TURN THE NATION AWAY FROM ITS PRESENT FREE-FALL.

An Important History Lesson

Friday, December 16th, 2011

My good friend, Steve Dubel reminded me to pass on this bit of recent history. This is an important political record, especially as the presidential sweepstakes heat up. Do you remember January 3, 2007?

The day the Democrats took over Congress was not January  22nd 2009.
It was actually January 3rd 2007, the day the Democrats
took over the House of Representatives and the Senate, at the very
start of the 110th Congress.

The Democratic Party controlled a majority in
both chambers for the first time since the end of the 103rd Congress
in 1995.

For those who are listening to the liberals propagating the fallacy that everything is “Bush’s Fault”, think about this:  January 3rd, 2007, the day the Democrats took
over the Senate and the Congress: The DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77
The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5%
The Unemployment rate was 4.6%
George Bush’s Economic policies SET A RECORD of

January 3rd, 2007 was the day that Barney Frank
took over the House Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took
over the Senate Banking Committee.The economic meltdown that happened
15 months later was in what part of the economy?BANKING AND FINANCIAL
SERVICES!THANK YOU DEMOCRATS (especially Barney ) for taking us from
13,000 DOW, 3.5 GDP and 4.6% Unemployment…to this CRISIS by (among
MANY other things) dumping 5-6 TRILLION Dollars of toxic loans on the
economy from YOUR Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac FIASCOES!
Bush asked Congress 17 TIMES to stop Fannie & Freddie -starting in 2001 because
it was financially risky for the US economy. Barney blocked it and
called it a “Chicken Little Philosophy” (and the sky did fall!)
And who took the THIRD highest pay-off from
Fannie Mae AND Freddie Mac? OBAMA!
And who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie?
OBAMA and the Democrat Congress, especially BARNEY!!!!

So when someone tries to blame Bush…
DEMOCRATS TOOK OVER! Bush may have been in the car but the Democrats
were in charge of the gas pedal and steering wheel they were driving
the economy into the ditch. Budgets do not come from the White House.. They
come from Congress and the party that controlled Congress since
January 2007 is the Democratic Party.Furthermore, the Democrats
controlled the budget process for 2008 & 2009 as well as 2010 & 2011.

In that first year, they had to contend with
George Bush, which caused them to compromise on spending, when Bush
somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases.

For 2009 though, Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid
bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep
government running until Barack Obama could take office. At that time,
they passed a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the 2009

And where was Barack Obama during this time? He
was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive
spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President to
complete 2009. Let’s remember what the deficits looked like during
that period:  If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was
the 2007 deficit, the last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was
the lowest in five years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit
spending. After that, Democrats in Congress took control of spending,
and that includes Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets.

If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself.
In a nutshell, what Obama is saying is “I inherited a deficit
that I voted for,and then I voted to expand that deficit
four-fold since January 20th.”

There is no way this will be widely publicized, unless everyone who reads it personally sends it on to others, since the mainstream media will not run this story!

“The problems we face today exist because the
people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a

The Wisdom of Mark Twain

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

My good friend, Dan Garshman, reminded me that November 30 was the birthday of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain (1835). Twain was born in Florida, Missouri. He worked as a riverboat pilot, a miner, and a journalist before becoming an author. Dan also reminded me of some of Twain’s unforgetable quotations.

1.In his unfinished novel, The Mysterious Stranger, Twain wrote, “Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination. No sane man can be happy, for to him life is real, and he sees what a fearful thing it is. Only the mad can be happy, and not many of those.”

2.”It were not best that we should all think alike; it is difference of opinion that makes horse races.”

3.”Truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing the matter with this, except that it ain’t so.”

4.”Familiarity breeds contempt — and children.”

5.”The secret source of humor itself is not joy but sorrow. There is no humor in heaven.”

A Defining Moment

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

We are now less than one year away from the most critical election in United States history –– “a defining moment.” Oh, I know that sounds like hyperbole–––– but I believe it is not. I have lived through many elections that each four years are called “critical.” However, this is it! Believe it!
The “might” of the United States, the “thing” that made it a superpower was not its military might, its cavalcade of geniuses, it’s Nobel prizes ––– No! It is its economy, its financial strength that made it a superpower.
At present, we are down on one knee, about to go down on the other, and then collapse face down as a nation. We’ve become a helpless, debtor country soon to be somewhere between Greece and Italy from a financial standpoint.
Why? For over 50 years we’ve promised more than we can deliver, borrowing massively over that time, most especially during the past three years. The Obama presidency and the Democrat party have now deliberately taken us down a path to a kind of European socialist state, where government controls all our lives ––– even the light bulbs we use (do you know that beginning in January 2 012, 100 watt incandescent bulbs will be outlawed? We can’t even choose our light bulbs?!!).
Our “entitlements” and Washington’s spending are pushing us into bankruptcy. The Medicare program alone has a $60 trillion ––– yes, $60 trillion ––– unfunded liability! Both Democrat and Republican administrations have been stealing from the Social Security system for 40 years, so that “entitlement” is soon-to-be bankrupt as well. Medicaid, which is sending state budgets into bankruptcy because of impossible federal dictates, has been providing Third World medical care for the poor for at least 10 years.
Is there no hope? Are our children and grandchildren, our elderly parents and grandparents destined to be forced into poverty, into lives with no chance for success, for betterment?
At present,  sitting in banks and other places around the world, there are at least $2-$3 trillion in cash that could ignite our economy and drop our unemployment rate precipitously. This cash belongs to thousands of American corporations, as well as large and small businesses. These firms are afraid to invest in their enterprises because of the failure of the present administration to acknowledge that government actions have been extremely anti-business, anti-free enterprise, anti-capitalist. What government actions am I alluding to? What is the government doing to stifle business? What is the government doing to keep the unemployment rate around 9% (really 17-18% if counting those who have given up looking for work).
1. EPA. This unit of government is forcing more and more regulations on large and small businesses in the name of “environmentalism.” The regulations are costly on coal, nuclear energy, Mercantile efforts, etc., etc. These businesses can’t afford to expand, increase employment with these regulations on their back.  At least half of the energy used in the United States comes from coal. The EPA is trying to eliminate coal from the equation ––– by regulating, often in impossible ways, the use of coal burning facilities. Likewise, the environmentalists have put pressure on the administration to halt the oil sand industry Keystone pipeline from Alberta, Canada to Texas. This alone will cost hundreds, perhaps thousands of jobs, and the potential loss of the oil sand business to China. And there are the attempts to hold back the oil shale industries in several states, most notably Ohio, again affecting hundreds, if not thousands of jobs in the mid-west. And everyone knows that the construction of new oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico has been prevented for months since the BP oil spill. Here again, hundreds, perhaps thousands of jobs have been lost. All these businesses are hoping for a new administration that will roll back the EPA.
2. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The administration is beholden to labor. Labor is attempting to do to private businesses what it has done to government –– push employees to join unions and attempt to prevent businesses from moving to right to work states (e.g. Boeing being sued by the NLRB after opening up a $2 billion plant in South Carolina, a right to work state. Although it appears that the issue will soon be decided by an agreement by both sides, the NLRB remains a sinister anti-business government unit that threatens the freedom of movement and collective bargaining “on a level playing field”  without which the business community cannot function effectively. And don’t forget “card check” which ultimately threatens non-closed shop businesses. The hope is that a new administration will put brakes on the NLRB.
3. The Dodd-Frank Bill. This bill is filled with layers and layers of regulations on financial businesses. It was enacted to provide consumer protections,  reform some derivatives trading, and imposes new onerous regulations on mortgage lenders and hedge funds. The bill’s 2000 pages are overwhelming for community banks and pages of rules must still be written. It ties the hands of these organizations, making their ability to function and to hire people almost impossible. They are hoping a new administration will rollback the most onerous aspects of this bill.
4. ObamaCare. All businesses ––– corporations, as well as  big and small firms will be crippled by this bill when it comes into full effect in 2014. It will force many of these enterprises to drop medical benefits for their employees, forcing those employees into a single payer government run insurance program (the real sub rosa goal of this bill). And for those employers who want to continue these benefits, the costs will be enormous, and likely result in layoffs in many instances. But in addition, it is estimated that this bill will add an additional  $3 to $4 trillion to the national debt over the following ten years, while emasculating Medicare by robbing it of $500 billion to cover the 35-40 million without medical insurance. Thus, many businesses are hoping for the total repeal of ObamaCare.
So, we need a new administration in Washington. We need to restore confidence and renew the awful uncertainty of where Washington is going vis-à-vis the economy. We need a new Republican president; we need a filibuster-proof Republican Senate; and we need to hold on to the House of Representatives. If this cannot be accomplished, America is doomed to a second-rate position in the world and worse, a collapse of its economy, which will in turn lead to a worldwide economic Armageddon.

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