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To all of you who are either undecided or voting for Barry, consider this your Public Service Announcement

October 18, 2012 1 comment

Sometimes, parents try to impart wisdom to their children, based upon their life experiences.  For example, I once told my dad that I was going to be a professional wrestler when I grew up.  He looked at me and said, “Are you retarded?  You’re small, relatively uncoordinated, and cry easily.  The Ultimate Warrior craps bigger than you.”

And I’m about to right now

And then he said, “Son, get yourself a desk job.  The Macho Man will be dead in a few years from unknown causes, and you’ll have a secretary who will tell your wife that you’re in an important meeting when you’re really just in the bathroom.”  And you know what?  He was totally right.

Experience is important.  It’s what makes wise people “wise.”  Why do you think the really good wizards are always old?  It’s because they’ve presumably learned from their earlier mistakes when they accidentally turned the family dog into a dragon, which then proceeded to burn down the entire village.  One can also gain experience via someone else’s experiences.  For those of you attending public schools, this is called History (although your man-hating teacher may have changed it to “Herstory”).

Many clever phrases have been created to remind people of the importance of relying upon one’s experiences, or history in general.  We’ve all heard them, “Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.”  Or, “Insanity is doing the same thing while expecting different results.” Or, “Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it.”  All of these phrases mean the same thing: “Hey moron, you already tried that.”  My wife prefers that one.

So, here we are.  Almost four years after a majority of this country elected Barack Obama.  I can remember it now…the hope, the Greek columns, the obviously empty promises.  People bought it though.  Lots of them.  I didn’t.  I knew he came from the Chicago political machine.  I also knew what that meant.  What has Barry given us in the past four years?  Where are we?  Let’s ask MSNBC.  That’s right.  MSNBC:

All snarkiness and bias aside, what would compel anyone to vote for him again?  What has he done in the past four years to lead someone to believe the next four years are going to be better?  Barry’s “jobs bill,” that the left continues to blame the Republicans in Congress for not passing, is just a smaller stimulus.  And whether you want to claim the first stimulus created jobs or not is largely irrelevant.  We were told that borrowing $800 billion would keep unemployment below 8%.  Unemployment just dropped below 8% for the first time last month (and I’ll bet you my lunch it will be back above 8% when the numbers come out in November).  That’s failure by the Administration’s own estimatation.  Obama has no other plan.  He’s had four years.  More people are on food stamps than ever before.  More people are on welfare than ever before.  More people aren’t even looking for work than ever before.  He has failed.

And don’t let the left pull the wool over your eyes here.  “No Congressional cooperation.”  The President had a Democratic House and Senate for two years.  He had a filibuster proof majority in the Senate.  He had at least two Republican Senators who were fiscal moderates and social liberals in Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe.  Any assertion by anyone that Barry didn’t have the ability to control 100% of government policy for a significant period of time is simply lying.  The fact is, he couldn’t get his own party to go along with him much of the time.

And Barry knows he’s failed.  His party knows he’s failed.  We can see this recognition in their own words.  “We came in at a terrible time.”  “Bush.”  “Republican war against women.” “Romney was a vulture capitalist.”  “Previous Administration.”  “Romney pays too low of a tax rate.”  “Bush policies.”  “Romney doesn’t like that 47% of this country doesn’t pay income tax.”  Does any of the foregoing constitute a plan for the next four years?  Romney has a plan.  He’s repeated it incessantly (Five Points).  Some agree with his math regarding deficits; some don’t.  But at least it’s a plan that everyone agrees will lead to significant job creation.

Are social issues, that the President has virtually no control over anyway, really that important to you?  The left hopes so.  They’re even walking out the multi-cultural triple-team from Hollywood.  All they’re missing is Lucy Liu for ethnic completeness.

All I can say is “Huh?”  Is this election really going to turn on abortion?  Well, at least they didn’t parrot the nonsense about how Romney wants to take away your contraception.  Look, I could sit here and pick apart the absurdity of this ad for pages, but I won’t, because I don’t think anyone who’s undecided really cares.

And it’s not just the economy that you should be remembering as you vote.  Barry is also a serial liar.  He lied when he asserted executive privilege over Fast and Furious documents that he claims he never saw.  He lied when he said he immediately called the killing of our Americans in Libya a terrorist act.  He lied when he offered the stupid suggestion that gas prices were low during the Bush Administration because we were heading into a recession.  What, are prices high now because more people are unemployed and we’re teetering on entering into another recession?  Barry deserves to be hit in the head with a kettle everytime he has the nerve to question Romney’s honesty.

I don’t care what your opinion is regarding Barry’s demeanor.  If you like him so much, have him over for a lively game of Rummikub.

They even look a little bit like the Prez – minus the ears of course.

He’s been a terrible president though.  And it shouldn’t hurt your feelings to accept that.  As my old man said, I couldn’t be a pro wrestler.  Voting for the rich guy doesn’t mean you’re racist, or that you hate the poor, or that you want to cover lady parts with cellophane to keep them from getting involved in pre-marital shenanigans.  It just means you’ve used your, that’s right, experience.  If you do vote for Barry, however, you might just be insane.  And ScarJo still won’t know who you are.

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You could buy Italy for the price of Obamacare.

March 16, 2012 Leave a comment
Mitt Romney - The 1 Percent

Nope, he's not a college professor. Sorry.

Primary season has officially arrived in Illinois.  Even though early voting has been going on for a while now, and the actual voting is almost upon us (the 20th), I really didn’t feel the upcoming election until last night, when, as I was trying to find my remote control, I began being fed propaganda by Mitt Romney.  Many people hate these commercials.  Not me.  At least I’m not being forced to watch another advertisement about stuff I’ll never use; like tampons.  I’m not a woman, but I did marry one (SCORE), and I’ve never seen her do gymnastics during that time of the month.  Come to think of it, I’ve never seen her do gymnastics at any time of the month.

The point is, I like political commercials.  It was nice to see Mittens all up in Santorum’s grill during his thirty-second spots.  I didn’t see any for Santorum.  Do these commercials really impact how people vote?  It seems unlikely.  For example, I was on the fence for a while, between Mittens and Santorum.  But then Santorum said he’d heavily regulate internet pornography, which caused me to immediately fall/jump off the fence onto Romney’s well-manicured lawn. Santorum’s porn position was not mentioned in Romney’s commercial.

Truth is, I’m voting for Romney because he can win…I’m not convinced Santorum can.  And winning matters.  I like being part of a winning team, even if I sat on the end of the bench.  Winning increases self-esteem, and chicks don’t dig losers.  Also, Obama’s a friggin’ train wreck, and not the kind you can’t look away from.  Problem is, the wreck is everywhere.

Take his monumental health care plan, for example.  Obamacare is right up there with shooting an unarmed man in the face in terms of Barry’s Greatest Hits.  Of course, all of us with an ounce of common sense (and by “common sense,” I mean the realization that stuff costs money), knew that the healthcare bill would cost way more than the administration was claiming.  Why?  Because you can’t subsidize the health care of millions without it costing lots of money.

Well, the CBO just updated its cost estimates for the kindler, gentler version of single-payer healthcare, and those estimates have provided strong support for Nancy Pelosi’s immortal words: “We need to pass it to know what’s in it.”  What’s in it happens to be slightly more than the gross domestic product of Italy, circa 2010:

President Obama’s national health care law will cost $1.76 trillion over a decade, according to a new projection released today by the Congressional Budget Office, rather than the $940 billion forecast when it was signed into law.

Want more?

President Obama’s proposed budget would add $6.4 trillion to the nation’s deficits over the next decade, according to a new analysis by the Congressional Budget Office.

And this is before the thing even gets implemented (coming in 2014).  I can hear the liberals now…actually I can’t.  My guess is we won’t hear anything from the left on this.  All we heard from the left during the debate about Obamacare was that it would be deficit neutral.  That they’d find the savings by eliminating “waste, fraud, and abuse” in Medicare.  That they’d lower health care costs.  Well, those things all turned out to be inaccurate.  So, either the administration was criminally negligent in the quality of accountants it hired, or it simply lied.  I’ll let you decide which.

All of this leads me back to the beginning.  I’m voting for Romney because he can win (and he hasn’t mentioned regulating porn).  In fact, I think he will win.  Don’t look at national polls; look at local polls in the swing states.  And don’t look at them now, because Obama is currently running against himself; even he can’t lose that race.  Once Romney gets the nomination though, he’ll (hopefully) start pointing out Obama’s many large and distinguished warts.  Does Romney have some of his own?  Sure (see: Romneycare).  But at the end of the day, we’ll have a very successful businessman up against a college professor who has presided over the worst economic recovery since our last little-dictator shoved the New Deal disaster down America’s collective throat.

Reflections on the Weekend: Deadbeats, Sea Monsters, and Bozo the Clown

August 8, 2011 3 comments

Look at how happy that guy is about the free stuff

So, what have we all learned this weekend?  I’ll start with me.  I learned that it’s easy to scare my children with stories of sea monsters that couldn’t possibly live in the lake we were sitting on while fishing.  The Boy: “Dad, you’re kidding right?”   Me: “Well, when you lose both arms due to a Croctopus attack, you’ll have your answer.”  What else?  Well, we learned that S & P dropped our AAA credit rating to AA+.  If you’ve been reading this blog, you already know what the credit rating is and why it matters (and if you haven’t, then you probably have bumper nutz hanging from your truck and need to be sterilized).  In response to America’s credit rating having dropped FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY, the market is tanking and our Prez gave another speech in which he assured us that popularity doesn’t matter as long as you believe in yourself (or something like that).

As usual we ask: Does it matter?  Well, yes.  It does matter…sort of.  It matters because it has angered the markets, and it may affect interest rates at some point, somewhere.  However, as Barry rightfully said in his speech, America will always be a AAA nation…in comparison to all the other deadbeat nations out there.  In a world filled with debt and communists, we’re still the safest investment.

However.  The important point was made by S & P when it said it will continue to view America as a credit risk until it figures out what to do with its long-term debt problems.  And as I’ve said here before, there isn’t any politician who wants to deal with the long-term debt problems because that would mean doing something about medicare, medicaid, and social security.  And everyday Americans don’t want them to do anything about it.  Why?  Because everyone loves free stuff (even if it’s only kinda’ free).  And politicians like to get re-elected, so….what’s the moral of the story?  Continuing to give people stuff they didn’t pay for only works on “The Bozo Show.”  In every other circumstance, it eventually results in a nation of (happy) deadbeats.

“These jobs are going boys and they ain’t coming back”

September 28, 2010 1 comment

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.

Can We Give L.A. Back?

September 17, 2010 Leave a comment

It is truly difficult to imagine a more incompentent set of government officials than those running the city of Los Angeles…and that’s saying something now days.  L.A. received $111 million in stimulus funds to create jobs.  Well, how’d they do?  Jobs created or saved: 55.   No, that’s not a type.  55 jobs, at an approximate cost of $2 million apiece!  Holy crap!

So, why did it take $111 million of tax-payer money to save/create 55 jobs you ask:

The audit says the numbers were disappointing due to bureaucratic red tape, absence of competitive bidding for projects in private sectors, inappropriate tracking of stimulus money and a laxity in bringing out timely job reports. 

In other words, the problem was government. 

‘While it doesn’t appear that any of the ARRA funds were misspent, the City needs to do a better job expediting the process and creating jobs….’

Only in an absurdly liberal and backward city like L.A. could spending $2 million of taxpayer money per job not equate to funds being misspent.  Apparently the only way to misspend taxpayer money in L.A. would be doing someting like wall-papering government offices with it, or simply giving it back to the tax-payers.

L.A. is a joke, and an embarrassment to America.  Not only can it only figure out how to save/create 55 jobs with $111 million of taxpayer money, it also built a $578 million public school.  L.A. is liberalism on steroids.  Its local unemployment rate is over 12%, but yet it continues to tax the crap out of its residents (well, those that pay taxes anyway).  In other words, L.A. is a microcosm of America under Obama.  Government can’t create jobs, it can only destroy them.  Government can’t  produce wealth, it can only steal it. 

The question is: how long will it take America to realize that liberalism is literally destroying this country?  Hopefully soon.

It’s our money dill-hole.

September 7, 2010 3 comments

 

Is this surprising?

Remember Peter Orszag?  You know…the director of the Obama White House Office of Management and Budget that skipped town after realizing that he was about as useful in fixing the economy as my six year old daughter?  Well, he’s now one of the New York Times‘ esteemed Contributing Columnists.  In his first Op-Ed, he argues that Congress should extend all of the Bush tax cuts for two years, and then dump them all permanently.  In doing so, he presents the liberal position that has been thrown about for so long that it’s simply met with a shrug.  In short: at some point, we need to raise taxes because the government needs to buy stuff…because, as we all know, buying stuff is fun; especially when it’s someone else’s money.  I continue to find this logic absurd and worthy of endless ridicule.

I have to give Orszag credit on one issue that the “progressives” fail to acknowledge: ending the Bush tax cuts for anyone, even those evil rich people who have stolen all of their money from the rest of us without creating any jobs (that’s sarcasm for those of you who are new to this blog) would actually hurt an already crappy economy.  It’s his next points that cause me great consternation.

Many conservatives are even worse: they’d make the tax cuts permanent for the likes of Warren Buffett, even though he’d prefer they didn’t. Making all the tax cuts permanent would expand the deficit by more than $3 trillion over the next decade.

Ah Warren Buffett…how I disdain you.  You of statements like (and I’m paraphasing here), “it’s not fair that my secretary pays more in taxes than I do.”  Look Warren, I know you like to look at the man in the mirror every morning and wax poetic about how gracious that person is, but you’re the one drinking fifty year old scotch out of a golden goblet.  In other words, if your secretary is paying more taxes then you, then stop paying your lawyers and accountants to find ways to shelter your money…or stop paying your secretary so much.   Plus, if you really want to pay more in taxes, feel free to write the IRS a check…I’m certain it won’t be sent back.

But I digress.  My point is this: the only way tax cuts could increase the deficit is if the government DOESN’T CUT ITS OWN SPENDING.  See, the government isn’t entitled to whatever amount of revenue it wants so that it can do rad stuff like give grants to scientists to prove cats hate showering with naked people or to prove global warming exists by cherry picking climate stats.

Orczag continues,

Let’s look at the facts. The projected deficit for 2015 is 4 percent to 5 percent of G.D.P., depending on whose assumptions you use. A sustainable level is more like 3 percent or lower. So we need deficit reduction of 1 percent to 2 percent of G.D.P., or about $200 billion to $400 billion a year by 2015. These figures are uncertain, but they’re the best we have (and they may well turn out to be too optimistic).

These are only “facts” if you’re Nostradamus.  In other words, you need to know what the budget will be in 2015.  Since there is no budget for 2015, you’re simply assuming it will be more or less the same as it is now.  Why not assume that the government will decrease its spending in 2015? 

The federal government, and those employed by it, decided long ago that they were entitled to whatever amount of taxes they decided were appropriate and that they found to be politically palatable.  It began with FDR and his New Deal and Social Security and continued largely unabated through Johnson’s Great Society.  Each time the American people were told the government needs more money for the betterment of society; except society never asked for it.  So now we have Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid…and Obamacare.  Liberal entitlement programs forced down America’s collective throat that amount to little more than theft.

Orszag asserts that Social Security needs reform…no kidding.  Will it get the reform it needs?  Well, being that the reform it needs is to, at the very least, allow Americans the opportunity to opt out of it and invest their money themselves, it’s  not likely.  How about Medicare and Medicaid?  Orszag asserts that Obamacare has resulted in substantial savings to both programs.  Considering the net effect of Obamacare will be to increase government spending, simply moving money from column A to column B and calling it savings seems a bit dubious, yes?

Simply put, our government has marched us slowly towards more and more taxes in the name of social progress.  Now we’re told we can’t “afford” to keep more of our own money.  Well, to that I say: I’m pretty sure we can.  Plus, Warren’s willing to pay more.

Infrastructure? Again? Who Came Up With That Idea?

September 7, 2010 3 comments

[somewhere in White House]

Barry:  Why does everyone hate me?  Don’t they realize I’m working really hard?

Biden (eating animal crackers):  Yeah, it’s been a recovery summer baby!

Barry:  I just don’t know Joe.  The people seem to be forgetting how totally bad-ass I am. 

Biden:  Hey, B.O., watch me bite the head off of this horse.  Boo-Yah!

Barry:  I don’t know…maybe I need a vacation to clear my head. 

Biden (fiddling with jack in the box and muttering to himself): why can’t i get this box to open?

Barry:  Joe?  Hello?

Biden (looks up from the box, startled):  Wait, what?  Roads!  Everyone loves roads!  And high-speed rail!  Yeah, infrastruture baby, infrastructure!

Barry:  But we’ve done that already, and honestly, it didn’t really work.  Won’t the people get angry?

Biden:  Come on baby, no one even remembers the first stimulus.  In fact, we’ve spent so much friggin’ money, no one can even distinguish between the bailout, and the stimulus, and the budget.  Just say that we can put people to work on building roads and stuff.  And be sure to say “stimulus” a lot.  Oh, and don’t wear that bike helmet again.

Barry:  I knew it!  Michelle told me it was the type of helmet that everyone wears in Paris, and that the American people would love it.  -Sigh- 

Biden:  Nope.  You looked like a total LAME-O.

Barry:  Well you don’t need to yell.  So, do you think Congress will get on board with the building roads stuff?

Biden (sharpening his crayons):  Sure.  Just give ’em the old “republicans drove the economy into the ditch and more roads will help fill in the ditch or somethin'” speech.  That always works.  Also, tell ’em you’ll speak at their campaigns.  Who could say no to that?

Barry:  Big J, I think you’re right.  The people need to remember that I’m totally bad ass, and that I’m really really smart too.  I mean, I used to organize communities.

Biden (making shadow puppets):  You’re the smartest guy I know B.A., and that’s sayin’ something.  Well, I’m tired.  I think I’ll take a nap. 

Barry:  Thanks Joe.  You’re a big help.

Biden (rummaging through his vice-presidential lunch box):  Crap…who ate my fruit roll-up?!

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