You hear it everyday, primarily from liberals: “America just doesn’t make stuff anymore.” This is often stated in a wistful manner that harkens back to days gone by, when one’s father would grab his metal lunch box, kiss his wife, and walk to his job at the widget factory. After hearing such a statement, the uninformed listener may inquire into the reason why America doesn’t make stuff anymore. At this point, the listener would be bludgeoned with the following (or its equivalent): “It’s those greedy factory owners who only care about profit.” There can be little doubt that the factory owner cares about profit; that’s why he’s in business after all. If it wasn’t about profit, then he’d be running a charity like that great humanitarian Bono (oh wait, bad example).
Yes, the owner cares about profit (for those of you who dislike profit…it’s difficult to pay employees without money). But where did the factory go? Probably to another country. Why? The answer is simple: liberals. Case in point, the new EPA rules on carbon emissions that the left has been pushing hard for. Hot Air has provided a nice summary of the soon to be released Senate Environment and Public Works Committee minority report, which provides a picture of the damage the EPA’s new regulations will do to this country’s already anemic manufacturing industry:
- New standards for commercial and industrial boilers: up to 798,250 jobs at risk;
- The revised National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone: severe restrictions on job creation and business expansion in hundreds of counties nationwide.
- New standards for Portland Cement plants: up to 18 cement plants at risk of shutting down, threatening nearly 1,800 direct jobs and 9,000 indirect jobs;
- The Endangerment Finding/Tailoring Rules for Greenhouse Gas Emissions: higher energy costs; jobs moving overseas; severe economic impacts on the poor, the elderly, minorities, and those on fixed incomes; 6.1 million sources subject to EPA control and regulation;
How bad is it? It’s so bad that the freakin’ Steel Workers Union is complaining about it. And with good reason…the EPA’s standards are so ridiculously strict, there isn’t a boiler in the country that would comply. What does that mean? It means a whole bunch of factories will close, many for good.
It’s examples like this that compel me to conclude that Michael Savage is right: liberalism is a mental disorder. How can you complain about manufacturing jobs leaving when you’re the reason they’re leaving? Even more perplexing: Why the hell would any union member support a democrat? Can anyone explain this to me? Democrats are the reason union jobs are going to China.
And make no mistake, the EPA’s regs have Obama’s fingerprints all over them. It’s the current Administration that has been pushing for the EPA to regulate carbon emissions because it couldn’t get cap-n-trade through the Senate. Simply put, the “working man” needs to wake up. There’s a reason those factories Springsteen always sings about are closed, and it ain’t the greedy factory owner.
September 16, 2010, 6:30 a.m.
-sigh- Another day another dollar. At least it’s raining today. I’ll finally be able to wash off that McDonald’s milkshake that the guy in the Prius tossed on me last week. Real environmentally friendly dill-hole.
Well, everyone looks pissed again. Not that I blame them. My buddies and I have been sitting in these spots for going on four months now. Plus, there are signs everywhere requiring everyone to slow down for the construction zone. Does my mere existence in this lane really constitute a construction zone? Not like it matters though…no one can drive faster than ten miles/hour anyway. And while the drivers mutter under their breath about ramming stuff, my buddies and I are occupying this perfectly good lane for miles just hoping that some day, actual construction will take place next to us. I’m afraid many of us are now beginning to lose that hope.
Yesterday seemed like it would be different. An orange IDOT truck pulled up next to me. I thought construction may actually start! But it was not to be. Instead of actually beginning to improve the roadway, two guys jumped out of the truck, rolled that measuring wheel thingy, laughed about something, and then got back into their truck and left. I was, I’ll admit, disappointed; and confused…did they really think the measurement changed since they took it a month ago?
My buddy Herb told me that he had actually spoken to a barrel further down the road that said construction was actually occurring. He said it was really strange because after all of these big machines tore up the road, everybody left for a couple of months. He said something about workers striking. He and I both thought it would have been nicer if the workers had decided to stop working before tearing up the road. But what do we know? We’re just barrels.
I still remember being placed here in the spring. I was so excited! I figured I’d get to watch some cool machines construct a road. When the drivers creeping past me first became angry, mumbling about the same construction being done last year, I smiled, because I knew the construction would be done in no time. But here I sit. Taking up a perfectly good lane when there hasn’t been construction equipment anywhere near me yet. Seriously, why close a lane for miles, when only about 10 feet is getting worked on at any given time? I mean, I know my brain consists of a flashing light, but it would seem that only closing the road being worked on would be a smarter idea.
However, after talking to my buddy Gilbert yesterday, I do think the drivers are being a little hard on the government. Apparently there are spots where the road isn’t being torn up at all. In fact, Gil told me that all of the toll lanes are still open, and there are lots of those. It could be worse, right?
Well, it’s September. I haven’t posted in a while because there’s been nothing going on. August was hot. Congress wasn’t in session. The Tigers’ season has been over for a while now. And I’ve been waiting for football to start.
But NOW, we’re officially into football and election season. WOO-HOO! While I could talk about football forever, this is not a football blog, and I’m not starting one now. This is primarily a political blog, and it’s a political time of year. And I can’t remember an election cycle that has been potentially more important than this one. Let’s review:
The economy still sucks. In fact, it’s worse then it was the last time I posted. Unemployment is up to 9.6%; we’ve lost another 54,000 jobs; and Christina Romer, one of Barry’s chief economic “experts” who is leaving the administration, has recently let all of us know that they’ve had absolutely no idea what they’ve been doing re: the economy.
She had no idea how bad the economic collapse would be. She still doesn’t understand exactly why it was so bad. The response to the collapse was inadequate. And she doesn’t have much of an idea about how to fix things.
That’s disheartening…and also completely obvious. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis has taken to authoring op-eds in the USA Today to try and convince America that the Democrat’s handling of the economy doesn’t resemble a monkey with a rubic’s cube.
The Recovery Act saved millions of American jobs — keeping health care providers in hospitals, teachers in classrooms, and police and firefighters on the beat. But the benefits weren’t just in the public sector. During the past eight months, the economy has averaged 95,000 new private sector jobs.
While I’d love to see her support for that last sentence, it doesn’t really matter. Unemployment will continue to go up until new jobs exceed 120,000/month (population increase). More importantly, there is no doubt that the economy is slowly getting worse.
The “summer of recovery” is followed by the “autumn of reality.” Let’s face it: if the Dems had any idea what to do about the economy, they would have done it by now.
B.O. has recently begun getting rid of the “drove it into a ditch” meme, and replaced it with “it’s taken us 10 years to get into this mess, so it’s unreasonable to think we could get out of the mess in 18 months” nonsense. Did it take us 10 years to get into this? I don’t know. I suppose one could reasonably argue it took one year, or even thirty-three years (the Community Reinvestment Act, which gave birth to the housing boom and bust, was enacted in 1977). I also don’t care how long it took us to get here. What I do care about is what is the current Administration doing about it? Well, it’s been 18 months and the answer is: spent a lot of money for nothing. Things haven’t improved, and the Dems are out of ideas.
So what should be done? Well, first and foremost, vote against the Dems in November. I know, I know…you don’t like the republicans either! O.k. Then go vote for the Green Party and pat yourself on the back for being “principled.” After that you can have your juice box and sandwich with the crusts cut off and take a nap. For the rest of us adults, we’ll choose a candidate with a chance of winning.
Simply put, there is job-creating capital out there waiting to be invested. It’s not being invested because no one has any idea what’s coming from this administration. For example, if you were a business owner with money, would you be spending it to reinvest or hire new employees if you thought your taxes were going to go up in January? Of course not. Doing something as simple as throwing the Dems out of the House would improve the fragile psyche of the economy.
But simply voting Republican isn’t enough. Pressure needs to be applied to those we vote for to do things like extending the Bush tax cuts for everyone. Other taxes need to be cut…payroll and capital gains, for example. Enact legislation which gives people the option to opt out of the slush fund that is Social Security. Limit Medicare to those that need it; not simply those that are old enough to get it. Significantly amend Obamacare and gut Fannie and Freddie.
Until we get the economy back on-track, nothing else matters. And there’s a lot going on that needs to be addressed beyond the economy…like why we’re ignoring Iran’s getting all nuclear and stuff.
It’s September…the kids are back in school, I get to drink new seasonal beer, and I get to watch football. More important, however, is the election coming up. We need to vote the Dems out…and then get ready for 2012, when we can vote out the guy who looks silly riding his bike. And don’t worry…I’ll be posting a lot more than I did in August in an effort to get you through these tough times.
‘But here’s what I can tell you: After 18 months, I have never been more confident that our nation is headed in the right direction.’
New U.S. claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly climbed to a nine-month high last week, yet another setback to the frail economic recovery.
Sigh. I’ve come to the rather grim conclusion that the economy won’t improve until we rid ourselves of this charlatan. Why? Contrary to B.O.’s assertions, it isn’t because of how deep the ditch was. It’s because no one with a business has any confidence in any of his decisions on the economy. The same goes for Nancy Pelosi, Tim Geithner, Harry Reid, etc.
We’re not headed in the right direction. In fact, I’m not sure we’re headed in any direction. What is the president/Congress doing to create jobs? Can anyone tell me? So far, we’ve had several different deficit-driving stimulus packages, which only propped up state governments, or hired more government employees, or paid some pension funds. None of that did anything to improve the economy, and anyone with an eighth grade education knew that it wouldn’t before it was attempted.
What else? We’ve passed healthcare legislation which the government admits won’t control costs, and is directly responsible for current premiums going up. The new financial regulation law will significantly increase the size of the federal government, and impact just about every financial transaction that anybody takes part in. Oh, and it does nothing to deal with HUD, Fannie Mae, or Freddie Mac, all of which caused the housing bubble and started the domino effect of economic collapse.
Our economy isn’t in a malaise. It isn’t stuck. And there are no green shoots. It’s simply waiting. Waiting for the anti-business, anti-private property, pro-big government liberals to lose their control over the direction of this country. Unfortunately, while it waits, more small businesses shut their doors, more big businesses downsize, and more people lose their jobs.
Remember this come November: A vote for any democrat running for a seat in the House of Representatives is a vote for Nancy Pelosi to remain speaker of the house. Why is that a problem? Example:
‘There is no question there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some. And I join those who have called for looking into how is this opposition to the mosque being funded,’ she said. ‘How is this being ginned up that here we are talking about Treasure Island, something we’ve been working on for decades, something of great interest to our community as we go forward to an election about the future of our country and two of the first three questions are about a zoning issue in New York City.’
Looking into who’s making this a political issue? How could this not be a political issue? You have a group of muslims trying to build a mosque down the street from Ground Zero, when the majority of New Yorkers, and Americans, don’t want it. Hey Nancy, instead of calling for an investigation into how the opposition is being funded, why don’t you try calling for an investigation into the group that is funding the building of a 13 story “community center” on one of the most expensive pieces of real estate in the world.
I’m sorry, but the mosque isn’t about religious freedom or consitutional rights; it’s about common sense. And yes, I know that the left in this country lacks common sense, which is why they think the building of a mosque near Ground Zero should be celebrated, but investigating those that oppose it? Well I oppose it, so you can feel free to investigate me. I’m not being funded by anyone, but I’m more than happy to give five dollars to someone else to oppose it. Idiot.
Bigger picture: The Speaker of the House is calling for an investigation by the government into American citizens who oppose the building of a mosque. This should frighten you even more than the fact that she is second in line for the presidency.
Well, that’s a relief. For a minute I thought the federal government was going to tell the states they actually had to balance their budgets, which would certainly have been awkward. But the good guys pulled it out in the clutch by providing $26 billion to the states,
Democrats countered that the money would provide vital aid to states struggling with rising Medicaid costs, and would help local governments to avert public-sector layoffs in the autumn.
Gee, makes you wonder how much easier it would be for state governments to balance their budgets without a huge federal entitlement program shoved down their throats.
Democrats said the legislation would enable state and local governments to avert layoffs or to create 290,000 public sector jobs this fall.
“Avert layoffs or to create 290,000 public sector jobs this fall.” Well which is it? Wait, don’t tell me, because you don’t really know. 290,000 additional public sector jobs? For what? When exactly does the government admit that it only creates government jobs by spending our taxes?
The economy is slowly grinding to a halt. What does the dawdler in chief do? Sends his wife and daughter on a spit-in-America’s face trip to Spain, on our dime. What does Congress do? Throws more money at stuff that can’t improve the economy: entitlements and government jobs. At this point, I’d be more accepting of the government doing something bold and stupid then simply more of the same; at least we wouldn’t simply be watching the economy crash in slow motion.
I guess I’ll just look at the bright side. At least I’ll get to hear progressive talk radio tell me why paying off state debts was the “right thing to do.”
I’ve been hearing a lot of self-described conservatives say things like “I’m not a Republican…don’t put a label on me…I think for myself” lately. My response to those statements falls somewhere between “congratulations…here’s your medal for being an individual…now it’s nap time” and “you’re right, they’re not perfect,” depending on how well I know the person who’s saying it. Look, people can identify themselves however they want in life, but when it comes time to vote in November, there are only two choices: the party of Paul Ryan or the party of Paul Krugman; and there’s a HUGE difference between the two.
Mr. Ryan hails from Wisconsin, is a member of the House of Representatives, and is a Republican. And contrary to the mindless rhetoric from the Democrats, he has a plan. More specifically, he has a plan to get us out of debt and improve the economy. And he does it by lowering taxes. His “Roadmap,” as he call it, has been met with great disdain from the left because of its radical ideas; namely, cutting government spending. Now, I understand that nowadays, actually cutting back on federal spending is the equivalent of riding a unicorn with the president, but there was once a day when the federal government didn’t employ the entire state of California. The Roadmap cuts spending, decreases taxes for both individuals and businesses (which will create jobs), and simplifies the tax code to some extent. Is Mr. Ryan your typical modern-day Republican? Maybe not. But you will never find a Paul Ryan in the Democrat party.
Paul Krugman. I’ve written about him before. While he identifies himself as an economist, he’s actually just a liberal shill in a tweed sport coat. He believes spending cuts are stupid, or evil, or something. He believes, like all liberals, that “tax cuts must be paid for.” Of course, such a position constitutes lunacy when one considers the fact that those “tax cuts” are not expenditures, but simply less theft. Like many liberals, Krugman believes increased government spending will create jobs by “stimulating” the economy. Of course, he never identifies how much spending is necessary, since it’s never actually worked. His convenient answer to continued failure is “we should have spent more.”
In response Krugman’s recent rambling and nonsensical criticism to his “Roadmap,” Ryan stated,
‘At the core of this is a big ideological fight between those who believe in the Founding principles and the sense of limited government—the American idea—and those who believe in the progressivist welfare state.’
‘The Roadmap is designed to maintain a limited government in the 21st century, and it is the antithesis of the progressivist vision which [Krugman] subscribes to. That’s fine. I understand it violates his vision for a progressivist society.’
In these statements, Ryan has admirably described the foundational difference between conservatives and liberals. Liberals seek control by way of taxation, government spending, and entitlements. Conservatives believe in self-reliance, small government, and opportunity.
The point of all of this is that it matters what Ryan believes vs. what Krugman believes. It matters because, regardless of your feelings on “Republicans” vs. “Democrats,” the simple fact remains: Ryan, and those like him, will never be Democrats, and Krugman and his followers will never be Republicans. For those that want a better shot at more opportunity, fewer taxes, sustained job growth, and smaller government, then vote Republican in November. The only alternative is a vote for liberals like Krugman.