Nov 8, 2016 - Donald Trump succeeded in defeating Hillary
Clinton for the presidency. Republicans retain control of congress. It
was a dirty campaign with most of the media against Trump, but he took the
Electorial College 306-232.
I won't even get into all of the sleazy
things that have been found out about the Democrats, who will do anything to
win and it backfired.
Of course the liberals are saying that because
Secretary Clinton won the popular vote by only 233,000, the Electorial College
shoud be abolished.
But look at the map, most of
the country voted for Trump. It was only a few high population pockets and a
good part of California that gave Clinton the 200,000 advantage. Even upstate
New York State voted for Trump, but the overwhelming count of Democrats in New
York City made the electorial vote go to Clinton. That is
why the Electorial college is needed.
The members of the
Electorial College are selected in each
state. By voting for a candidate, you are selecting the EC member of that party
in your district to cast their vote for that candidate. In most states, the EC
members of the party that won the popular vote in that state are selected to
represent the state in th EC vote and vote for the candidate of that party. In
Maine and Nebraska the EC members are selected by the popular vote in each
district and the two "at
large" EC members are selected from the party that wins the
state-wide popular vote.
The petition to make the EC vote for Sec.
Clintion is a waste of time, since there is little likelihood of any Republican
EC members switching their vote to the Democrat. They would immediately lose
On the anniversary of the 9/11/2001 attacks, our diplomatic
facilities in Libya were attacked. The President and his staff claimed that it
was a spontaneous reaction to a movie deemed insulting to Islam. However as
more and more information became public, it was obvious that the administration
was lying. The attacks were planned by terrorists to coincide with the 9/11
anniversary. It was bad enough that they refused numerous requests to increase
security, when four Americans, including the Ambassador died, no one in
Washington sent in support to rescue them.
In the situation room they
were able to listen to the attack for hours and did nothing!
The Truth Comes Out
Amid the disasterous
implementation of the
to sign up, millions of folks with plans that they were happy with, have
found them to be
by the government. The plans are being cancelled and the former policy holds
are being forced to find coverage from the web site that doesn't work. It turns
out that the drafters of the law knew this, but the President was either kept
dark about it, or worse yet, he knew and
lied about it.
Because money is being cut from Medicare Advantage, many
senior citizens are losing their doctors, because their plans are cutting the
doctors who are in the plans.
So the big day came on October 1,
2013, the government created web site to register for health insurance.
If folks were
enough to get into the site, most found the prices for their
situation more expensive than expected. It will be cheaper to pay the
"tax" for not signing up. Part of the
problem is that there are standard requirements for coverage that some just
don't need. Why would a single male or a married senior couple need maternity
or infant care?
During the run up to Obamacare,
employers have been given waivers to join. Others are cutting staff
or hours so they can avoid the cost of covering employees. Some even dropped
the health care benefits due to rising premium costs. But so far, the
government refuses to allow individuals to postpone the requirement.
Sadly, on June 28, 2012 the Supreme Court ruled the mandate
constitutional. However Chief Justice Roberts did say that it is not their job
to decide if a law is good or not, but to rule it constitutional. The
interesting point is that the administration held that the law was passed under
the commerce clause, but the court ruled that this is a tax. This is equivalent
to having a murder trial with
evidence for the
murder, the jury finding the defendant guilty, but the judge finding
the defendant guilty of bank robbery.
There is also a limit on the kinds
of taxes the
government may impose, what kind is this? In all cases, the tax
involves some sort of money transfer from one entity to another. In the case of
the SCOTUS ruling there is no money transfered until it is determined that no
health care was purchased.
Here are the "taxation" penalties under the
law. In 2014 $95 or 1% and increasing to >$690or 2% or more in later years.
Questions: What about the almost 50% of those who currently don't pay
income tax? What about those with no income due to unemployment?
these folks get an exemption? Who pays for them?
There is a big
difference between us paying for a once in a while visit to the ER for the
uninsured and paying for 100% of thier premiums.
I paid over $600 a
month for family coverage. How can as little as $600 a year per person give
However, the states cannot be forced to pay for
additional Medicaid coverage. More questions as to how to pay for
So an young person, who gets a bad cold once a year and pays cash
will have to shell out $600 a year or a percentage of their salary for that one
visit. Will they will go to the doctor more often to get their moneys worth?
Will that take valuable time away from the doctors?
The IRS will be
tasked with verifying that everyone has health care insurance. If they don't, a
penalty will be imposed, but there is no penalty for not paying the penalty.
They say your tax refund will be withheld. Easy solution, maximize your take
home pay to make your refund minimal and let them keep it or you owe a minimal
amount of other taxes so you only have to pay that. That will work!
If you want to read all 1000+ pages House
Health Plan, here it is! Some parts are unreadable and others have gotten
shorter nick names. The 1,000 page bill will cost $1.3
TRILLION That's $1.3 billion per page!
Coalition to Protect Patients
Rights - Putting Patients First Working to ensure American
doctors and patients not government bureaucrats make healthcare
decisions. The Coalition to Protect Patients Rights is a nonpartisan,
grassroots coalition of patients, healthcare professionals, advocacy groups,
and engaged citizens who are concerned about the current healthcare debate
going on in Washington.
Daily News Commentary by former NY State
Governor Betsy McCaughey. She discusses point by point some of the
adverse results of the Kennedy plan.
My thoughts on the health care issue:
There are three groups of uninsured:
Those who cannot afford health
care, but are working
Self employed and workers whose companies don't have
benefits, let them have a deduction or tax credit equal to that given to big
employers who provide benefits. This will allow them to purchase insurance from
the existing companies. This would reduce the number of uninsured by a
significant amount, since small business provides many jobs, but no benefits.
Those that are unemployed and are
The states could roll the unemployed into a plan paid
by the state as part of the unemployment insurance. Some or all states'
unemployment benefits come from a fund based on workers' pay and other payroll
Those that don't work and get no
This leaves those that don't work, some of which are
those that no longer qualify for unemployment and those that never had a job
that qualifies. These could then be handled by a federal program that pays the
private insurance companies for the coverage.
This would reduce the quoted 45 million folks without
health care down to manageable numbers that can be dealt with in a logical
manner. The key is to find a way to keep the federal government out of the
insurance business. Look at how well Social Security is funded!
Illegal aliens will not be permitted to join any mandated
healthcare. Estimates are that many of the quoted 45 million without health
care are illegals. Therefore, if those estimated 12 million are eliminated from
the plans, that leaves about 33 million to cover. At last look, that's only 10%
of the population. Why throw out the whole thing? All that's needed is the 10%
Creditcard fraud is about 0.03%. Government run medical
fraud is ESTIMATED at 3% to perhaps as high as 10%. What's the problem with
a company making money and thus protecting its money?
If $30 billion of the'stimulus' money were spent on the health
million uninsured could be covered under a
program. Congress will NOT change from their taxpayer paid medical
Insurance companies can't compete with a government run
program. If the government suddenly went into the ice cream business, where
there is no need to turn a profit, how long will Baskin and Robins stay in
business? Of course, you'd only be able to get vanilla, since one size would
Look at it this way, Medicare is a Ponzi scheme: Today's
seniors are paid from payroll deductions of todays workers.
The administration, when members of congress are asked about
the details of the plan, they vilify the public instead of answering the
questions. Then they claim that the grass roots movements are realy
Astroturf. Give me
a break, grass roots only works if it's a liberal issue! It means they have no
The most outrageous thing is that
President Obama, Representative Frank and
others have publicly stated they want to make a single payer system, that will force the
insurance companies out of business. I guess they forgot what the said in the
past, since they now deny it.
They also claim that the groups were
gathered by the Republican Party to disrupt the town hall meetings.
seems that 80% of the public who have insurance like the plan they have. Then
all that needs fixing is the 20% who would like better plans and the alleged 45
million who have no insurance,
some of whom don't want
Andrea Mitchell has the nerve to
tell those of us who like our plans, we don't know what's good for us!
Then there's the issue of being rejected for
pre-existing conditions. Look at it this way, I
forgot to buy my lottery ticket when I realised the numbers I would have played
last week came in. Could I get a payout anyway? It doesn't work that way.
There seem to be a number of conditions:
If a young person
feels they don't need coverage, some method should be in place to at least
cover major accidents. Then there's the folks who don't have insurance and
contract a catastophic condition. Both of these fall into my lottery analogy.
Perhaps an insurance company high risk pool, similar to the auto insurance
coverage might work.
The last case are folks who change jobs with a
condition that is being covered by the employer's plan. That person should be
able to keep the coverage even with the new job and plan or be able to keep
with the plan of the former employer, by paying their share of the
I guess the first amendment doesn't count anymore. The
administration is asking
folks to report friends who are passing what they call disinfomation about
the plan. Of course, they have not given specifics for anything on the plan and
can't answer questions. When we ask, we are called names or worse, but no
answers are forthcoming.
The amazing thing is that the
president in his own words wants to
eliminate private insurance, but the administraion claims that's not true.
The AARP seems to support
the plan, but many of its members are cancelling their membership! Perhaps the
organization has backed off due to membership cancellations.
Then there's the story of the now deceased 65 year old
lady in Oregon, who had cancer. The state
run system refused to give her a $4000 pill that could help her. But the state
did offer a $50 suicide pill! The drug company that makes the life sustaining
pill gave it to her.
Word comes that the government is slow in processing the
Cash for Clunkers checks. What makes anyone think that they could
stay on top of medical payments?
Screen folks for diseases will save money. Assume that a
screening test for disease X costs $500 and finding it early averts $10,000 of
costly treatment at a later stage. Are you saving money? Well, if one in 10 of
those who are screened tests positive, society is saving $5,000. But if only
one in 100 would get that disease, society is shelling out $40,000 more than it
would without the preventive care.
Medicare Advantage Plans are health plan options that are part
of the Medicare program. If you join one of these plans, you generally get all
your Medicare-covered health care through that plan. This coverage can include
prescription drug coverage.
These plans help seniors throught the maze
of options for getting health care. It costs the government more to provide
this service, but it helps the members more than regular Medicare. So here is a
government plan that works, but is in line to be cut.
Then there's Whole Foods, where CEO John Mackey has a great way
to support its
employees health care expenses. But since
the customers want a federal plan, they are boycotting the company.
Bureaucrats at Work
August 18, the Health and Human Services announced that it
would be behind in getting the 120 million doses of the H1N1 serum.
trying to bring on more manufacturing for the packaging step that has emerged
as a logjam. Hopefully, there are ways to bring that number
November 12, 2009 - the CDC announced some 20 million cases
of H1N1 in the US, 8 million children. Thousands have been hospitalized and
hundreds died. Now they say that some 40 million doses of serum will be
avaialble by the end of November. What happened to the 120 milliondue by
If they can't do this, what makes anyone think the could manage
the whole of health care system?
Whom do you like?
If you don't like the bureaucrats at your insurance company,
what makes you think you'll like the government bureaucrat any better?
The British Health Care System
The British Health Care System is the
employer in the world. Most of the workers are NOT doctors, nurses, or other actual health workers.
Is this what we want?
Another look at
End of Life
The Veteran's affairs department has a booklet called
Your Life, Your Choice which
asks veterans questions about quality of life and end of life issues. Can the
Houes Bill section about end of life counseling be far behind?
The Down Side of the Insurance
I had a conversation with my doctor the other day. I had asked
if there's a generic for one of the medications he prescribed since my
insurance copay was $40 for the brand name. He told me flat out that most
generics only have to be 80% effective of the brand name. Even though he would
get higher payments from the insurance for prescribing the generic, he wants
his patients to get well and prefers to prescribe the full potency brand name.
He did give me a card for the brand that got the copay down to
The down side of the Government
Doing Anything Important
That same doctor also told me that he
and his accountant had for years had the payroll tax automatically deducted
form his business account monthly. Recently he received a letter from the IRS
saying he was some $20K in arrears on those payments. After contatcting the IRS
with the electronic records showing the payments, he was told that his problem
was that he had submitted the payments with IRS Form 402. What he needed was to
use IRS form 403. He then asked the agent how to get the correct form and how
to fill it out, the agent said he didn't
It happens that my doctor's twin brother works for the IRS!
When asked, his brother had no answer about the IRS form 403 either. So here is
another example of the government not being able to get things right, what
makes anyone think it can handle health care?
deductible insurance for uninsured Real tort reform Extend
to government programs Increase
doctors and hospitals Subsidize
primary care education
Doctors and the Plans
September 15, 2009 - An
Investors Business Daily Poll
revealed that if the healthcare bill passes, 45% of doctors will quit. Wow,
what overwhelming support from the medical community.
contradicts the claims of not only the White House, but also doctors' own lobby
Medical Association both of which suggest the medical
profession is behind the proposed overhaul.
Three points about the President and
You Lie comment
during his joint congressional session health care speech.
1 - The plan will not add to the Deficit. But if
expenses increase, there will be more cuts, probably by a future
2 - Illegal Aliens will not be
included. But there is no way to check and the Senate added language
to their bill to prevent it.
3 - Hundreds of
Billions of dollars will be saved by eliminating waste and fraud. Why
can't that be done first, before an expensive bill is implemented?
Humama Affordable Insurance
September 23 - When Humana told their subscibers that benefits
would be cut under the health plans, congress and the
White House both jumped on them and
threatened them with all kinds of hurt. they claimed it was not true. However
the Congressional Budget Office said that benefits would have to be
Legality and Opinion
September 29 - Some members of congress want to make it illegal
and expensive for citizens to not buy health insurance. In the face of
overwhelming opinions against the government option, a number of senators
placed such a measure into amendments to the bills being proposed. So far those
amendments were voted down.
Take the $1 trillion health care bill and pull out $250 billion
of unfunded expenses.
Put those necessary $250 billion in expenses in
another bill for which it's still not funded.
If you don't want insurance . .
Be prepared to go to
jail or be fined. Young adults voted 66% for President Obama. They make
up 17% of the population, but are 31% of the uninsured.
The Saturday Night Vote
On the night of November 6, 2009, the House voted on a bill
that had provisions that many individual representative liked and others
disliked. One republican voted for it, along with many Democrats voting against
it. Turns out the Republican voted for it because he was bribed with the
promise of having some loans relating to Hurricane Katrina being forgiven. Of
course the White House called this bi-partisan. What spin.
The Back Door to Coverage
November 17, 2009 - Most citizens agree that no healthcare
benefits should be afforded to illegal
aliens. So what does the administration do? The try to put in a law
that will give amnesty to those here illegally, thus making them eligible for
Give me a break!
17, 2009 - a government sponsored study changes the recommendations for
mamograms by increasing the starting age to 50 and making the frequency every
two years. This is counter to the American Cancer Society's
I guess this is the beginning of
rationing health care.
November 19, 2009 - The HHS Secretary
tells everyone to ignore the findings! What's the point? Will the insurance
companies now use the 'findings' to restrict claims?
But most don't want anything
December 12, 2009 - In the face of mounting public opposition
to the government doing anything this year, evidence that any current plan will
increase costs and cut benefits, and more medical professionals not liking what
they are seeing, congress is still moving forward to passing an expensive plan.
Related to this, small businesses are reluctant to expand staffing in
the face of so many unknowns of medical requirements, cap and tax, and other
costly plans. As a result, unemployment increases even with the annual holiday
season sales force increases. A company will get a tax break for hiring
additional employees. However, the unknown is how much more will those
employees cost in additional health coverage.
Of course, with the rate
of that increase slowing, the administration is pointing to the stimulus as
helping. Therefore they want another stimulus.
still want to know what my reward for keeping my expenses under control and
paying off my mortgage early.
If congress folks won't go along...
December 15-16, 2009 - In two separate reports, the left has
threatened Sen Lieberman's wife, by asking the Susan Komen Cancer Organization
to fire her, because the Senator was against some of the provisions in the
health care bill.
It has been alleged that
Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson has had a
threat by the White House to have Nebraska's Offutt Air Force Base be closed,
if he doesn't vote for the bill. It's the home of the
Command, not just any old base.
And they bribe Senators for the
December 23-24, 2009 - The Senate managed to get 60 votes by
essentially bribing members in Nebraska and other states. The Nebraska Governor
has said his citizen don't like this.
New York's two Senators sold out the
citizens. I hope New Yorkers remember this in 2010.
The Mayor and
Governor of NYC and NYS agree that the plan will cost $500 million and hit the
local bugets with a billion dollar a year hole.
It also appears that
even though the President has promised the bill will reduce the deficit, it
turns out the Senate was double counting savings
in Medicare. as a result, the relity is that the Senate plan will drive the
I hope the entire US remembers this for the 2010
H1N1 Revisited and Recalled
December 24, 2009 - This week as well as last, two different
batches of H1N1 vaccine, were found to have lost its potenecy. While this is
not a danger, it does give a false sense of securitry to those who took the
vaccine, which in itself is a danger.
Some Plans are more Equal than Others
January 2010 - with Congress back in session, it's come to
light that at least on provision in the health care plan is to charge a tax on
the so called cadilac plans. The problem for the administration is that many
union members have such plans. Of course they are promised an exepmtion from
Isn't there a provision of equal protection in the
In the End the Democrats Win and the
With much forced pomp, arm twisting and moderated Dems folding,
Obamacare becomes law. I only hope that the independent voters remember this in
November and vote those Democrats out of office.
will be in charge of making sure everyone has a health plan that the
government approves. It's not government run.
March 24, 2010 - a few
days after the bill was passed and a day after the President signed it . . .we
find out that:
Children with pre-existing
conditions would not be immediately covered.
The seniors' drug help
would not be available until 2011.
The executive order about
funding abortions is not worth the paper it's printed
Because increased payments to doctors were not given to the
Congressional Budget Office in the calculations of the law, there will be an
additional $200 billion hit to the overall cost of health care. But because
it's in a different bill, it doesn't count.
It's bad enough that
the government lies.
It's bad enough the government is
It's terrible that the government lies and is
April 14, 2010 - It turns out that buried in the Heralth Care
law is a provision that might deny health care to members of congress and their
June 16, 2010 - Even though the President promised that if you
or your company likes the current health plan, you wouldn't lose it. Now it's
reported that if either the company or the insurer makes certain changes the
plan could lose its federal approval. However, those plans that are for Union
employees, it's grandfathered no matter what changes are made.
May 18, 2013 - Just when we thought it couldn't get worse, the
IRS scandal of looking at conservative groups looking for tax exempt status
while approving liberal groups quickly, we find out that the IRS executive who
oversaw the scandal, was appointed to head the IRS office for Obamacare
From FOX News (see the link above):
ObamaCare official in question, Sarah Hall Ingram, had been serving as
commissioner of the office responsible for tax-exempt organizations from 2009
to 2012 -- the division included the group that targeted Tea Partiers -- and
has since left to serve as director of the IRS' Affordable Care Act division.
That unit is responsible for enforcing parts of the health care law, including
the fines associated with the so-called individual mandate -- the requirement
to buy health insurance.
On July 6th, it was pointed out that the counrty is up to 32
These are appointees by the president who report
to only him. They are not approved by congress and have jobs that overlap with
the official cabinet positions. In fact, the Car Czar failed to appear at a
congressional hearing about the auto industry on June 10, 2009!
At least one is a communist!
September 6 - Finally after it came out that Green Czar, Van
Jones, signed the 9/11 'Truther' protest and
A**HOLES, he resigned. Perhaps the
President should vet his czars and friends a little more closely. Like perhaps
letting the Senate do its
job. Some Democrats think this
is a loss for the country.
By September 18, the count was over 40 czars, few of which were
vetted by the Senate.
An open letter from a friend of mine to the President -
Dear Mr. President:
Your honeymoon with the US press is now officially over.
Nearly 1 out of 10 Americans are out of a job. Your so called stimulus package
(designed to create jobs) is turning into a disaster, a package which
unfortunately will weigh heavily on future generations.
You no longer have a free pass. Europe has already seen
the light. And so have Americans (your approval ratings are plummeting). Your
cutesy antics (see letter to girl for missing class and fly swat) are getting
You better put on a flak jacket because you will be
bombarded by the press. You better stop campaigning for 2012 and start thinking
how you can stop the mess you're getting us deeper and deeper into. I wish you
the best of luck Mr. President. Now get to work, finally.
Neil Ghezzar, BTHS 1989
Redistibuting the Wealth
In the PARADE Magazine issue of August 23, there was a
Ask Marilyn about redistributing
the total wealth in the world evenly. Each of us would get about $9000 each. So
much for the rich taking care of everyone in the world.
You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the
industrious out of it. You don't multiply wealth by dividing it.
Government cannot give anything to anybody that it doesn't first take from
somebody else. Whenever somebody receives something without working for it,
somebody else has to work for it without receiving. The worst thing that
can happen to a nation is for half of the people to get the idea they don't
have to work because somebody else will work for them, and the other half to
get the idea that it does no good to work because they don't get to enjoy the
fruit of their labor.
The trouble with socialism is that
eventually you run out of other people's money
- Margaret Thatcher
There is an uncomfortable link between
Goldman Sachs and the government. It
seems that the advisors to the president overseeing the banking industry are on
the board of Goldman Sachs! How is that not a conflict of interest? Also a
number of bailout decisions were made against compeditors of G-S.
The Social Security Administration has spent
of our money to send some stressed out managers to a retreat at an
Arizona spa. Maybe that's why the SSA is
best federal agency for which to
ACORN and/or its employees have been accused of voter
regisration fraud in a number of states. Congress has asked, then retracted a
request to the FBI to investigate it. They protested in front of AIG employees'
homes when the bonus 'scandal' came to light, but so far hasn't
protested the bonuses being given to
Goldman Sachs employees. It is
in line to receive $2 BILLION in federal money and will take part
in the 2010 census.
September 11, 2009 - The
Bureau announced that
NOT participate in any way with the 2010
On July 23, 2009, a
GOP Congressional Report accused ACORN of
fraudulent activities and widespread corruption, concluding a criminal
investigation into the advocacy group is needed
It's been revealed that
has been giving money to ACORN to the tune of a few million dollars a
September 10 - An independent film crew went to a Baltimore
ACORN office to get a loan for a brothel. They said that banks wouldn't help
them. Not only did the office provide info for the loan, they offered tips on
how to avoid paying taxes and hiding the young prostitutes they planned to
house there. Then a second ACORN office in DC did the same thing. Why is ACORN getting US tax dollars?
13, it's reported that ACORN is suing Fox for making this up, but they did fire
the folks at the Baltimore office in the original case. Fox, by the way had
nothing to do with the film.
September 14 and 15 - ACORN offices in New
York and Califorinia are both caught on camera helping a brothel owner to
defraud the government.
voted against the bill to cut funding to ACORN. Why are these senators
supporitng a corrupt organization?
1984, FreedomWorks is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has hundreds of
thousands of grassroots volunteers nationwide. The organization is chaired by
former U.S. House Majority Leader Dick Armey and the President is Matt
Student loans will be under the control the government. then,
when you graduate, if you work for the government or an approved agency, for
ten years, your loan will be forgiven. Doesn't that ring of communism?
General Electric has been
for fraud against their shareholders, but they were given
money as part of the bank bailout. Does this mean the company will pay the
fine with funds borrowed from the taxpayers. Their CEO is an economic advisor
to the President. Does something not sound right with this arrangement? NBC,
owned by GE, was an Obama supporter, not a news reporter.
Conflict of Interest?
It appears that
Axelrod was a founder of a company that still employees his brother and son
has done some work for a fee for the Obama administration. I seem to remember
an outrage at a similar relationship in the previous administration.
Another Confilct of Interest?
The administration has approve a loan to
Petrobras, a Brazilian firm, to drill for
oil off the shore of that country.
purchased a large stake in the company at the beginning of 2009. It is
interesting that the administration has not allowed any company to drill of the
shore of the US.
Of course, the oil found will be sold back to the US at
a profit, but that's OK. Or is it? The US oil companies are evil, but one in
Brazil, partially owned by a Democratic Party supporter, it's OK.
Hypocrisy at Work
It seems that
Kennedy, back in 2004, asked the state to change the law covering
filling a vacant US Senate seat. Back then it was up to the governor to fill
the seat temporarily and then run an election for a permanent replacement. He
was afraid that if Kerry won the presidnetial election, the
Republican governor would fill the seat
with a Republican. So the law was changed to only fill the seat by a special
election, that could take a few months.
Now that the good Senator is
sick, he is trying to reverse the law of his own suggestion, so that the
governor can appoint a replacement faster. He doesn't want the Democrats to
lose its 60 seat advantage for any period of time.
Can we trust them?
August 26 - Apparently Representative Rangle (D-NY), chairman
of the Tax Writing Committee, actually has more money than he's
White House Blunders
August 22 - After weeks of denying it, the White House finally
admitted that they had hired an internet firm to send out e-mails to floks who
may not have asked to be on a WH list, information about the healthcare issue.
the White House is NOT
permitted to lobby in this manner.
August 24 - Now that the health care plans are in big trouble,
mainly because neither the White House nor the Congress can give a clear idea
of what's in the plan, the WH redirects the issues to the previous
administration and terror detainees.
As if they don't have enough to do,
the White House will oversee interrogations. The President has combined the
operations under the FBI. If they Mirandize the captured terrorosits in the
field, and tell them they may remain silent, what critical intelligence will we
CIA chief Leon Panetta is slowly being marginalized by the
administration and congress.
AG Holder is reopening the issue of the CIA interrogations
after 9/11. This issue was already investigagted by non-partisan career lawyers
and found to have no basis for prosecution years ago. This partisan action will
only further jeopardize national security by making the interrogators think
twice before acting. The President, who has stated that he only wants to look
forward, has yet to tell the AG to stop this action. Or does he really want the
investigation to continue. How many more lies will he tell us?
As if much of the President's conferences aren't staged, he
hosted one at the White House for doctors to show their support of the health
care scheme. They were asked to brin their whit lab coats with them. Apparently
some didn't get the message of the uniform of the day, so the WH supplied them
with the white coats.
Who is writing the bills? It appears that if neither congress
nor the White House can explain what is in any of the multi page bill that
congress must rush to get signed, the question must be asked: WHO WROTE
THEM? Why is each bill an emergency? Could it be that there is a hidden
agenda that neither the WH nor congress understands? Are they afraid that
We the People might find out that
A Most Disturbing Issue
The FCC has a position called the Chief Diversity Officer,
President Obama has appointed
Mark Lloyd to the position. He says:
important revolution that happened in Venezuela with Hugo Chavez. And if it
wasn't for the United States and these big businesses and nonstate run radio,
that revolution could have happened a lot easier.
Wait, the guy responsible in the USA for diversity on the radio
and TV stations thinks
Hugo Chavez taking over the Venezuelan
radio stations is a good thing.
We had better
watch out for our First Amendment Rights!
The President says he wants control of
the internet in case of emergency.
year, it was the internet that allowed information about the government of Iran
abusing its citizens out to the world. Who will protest in the US if our
government takes over the internet?
one paying attention?
More Work for the President
September 28 - As if the government isn't doing enough, we now
hear that the President himself will be travelling to Copenhagen to lobby for
the 2016 Olympics to be played in Chicago! I know why:
If Chicago is successful and he wins the 2012 election, he
would be the president during the games. But then all he can say is, "I
declare open the Games of Chicago celebrating the XXXI Olympiad of the modern
And if he's not the President, who knows, perhaps
he wants to be on the Olympic Committee! Then he'll be able to make a bigger
speech. Of course Chicago has financial issues. Can the Windy City afford
September 29 - It appears that there's more politics to this than
usual for Chicago. A number of the President's closest advisors might stand to
profit from this. Not to mention federal money for supporting the Olympics. How
many Olympic cities made a profit? Few.
September 30 - The President
sent the First Lady and a few delegates on a 727's on Wednesday, but the
President can't go until Thursday, so he will take his regular 747. This is the
President who wants to tax us with Cap and Trade to make us greener. Who is paying for this? We are.
October 2 - Well
so much for President Obama's international prestige, Chicago was eliminated in
the first round of voting. Now he can concentrate on the two wars, rising
unemployment, and realizing that most of the public does NOT want a goverment controlled health care
October 20, 2009 - It's a good thing Chicago lost the Olympic
bid. The city is in such bad financial condition that it's asking city
employees to take five week off without pay!
An Honor for the President
October 9, we hear that the President is awarded the Noble
Peace Prize! The selection was made back in February, but announced in October.
What has he done to deservie it? Appologize for everything the USA has done in
the past? Did he get it for being the anti-Bush? In February, he hadn't done
anything yet. Now he's annoying the left for NOT doing some things he promised,
but continued many of the Bush policies. I wonder if the selection were done
today, would he have gotten it?
December 9, 2009 - In fairness, when the
President went to Norway to accept the prize, he made an excellent speech. This
was a week after he authorized some 30,000 more troops into Afghanistan to
fight a good war against those that would kill us.
He made an excellent point that it has always been US tropps that shed blood to
help other countries overcome tyrants.
Now if only he gets off the
socialist agenda here at home.
If you don't agree with the Administration, you get denigrated
The 2009 Election
The White House and the Democratic Party had three races of
concern. The governors in Virginia and New Jersey and the 23rd congressional
district in Upstate New York.
Early on, it appeard that they gave up on
Virginia with the Democratic candidate, reluctant to comepletely follow the
White House plans. As a result the voters returned a Republican to the
governor and attorney general offices, a complete sweep. Since the WH
stayed away, the outcome was not too surprising.
In New Jersey, the
incumbent governeor, with very poor ratings was supported by the administration
to the tune of five visits by the President, and a few by former president
Clinton and the VP. In fact the Democratic Committee went so far as to tell
voters that if the hate Gov Corzine, to vote for the
candidate. It failed, by some 10%. Gov. Corzine was hated that much
by the voters in 2009.
The NY 23rd was interesting. President Obama
appointed the Republican Representative Secretary of the Army, in an effort to
force in an additional Democrat in the House. Instead of a primary, the
disfunctional NYS Republican party selected a very liberal candidate to run in
the special election. The Conservative Party put up a candidate to make a three
way race. When the Republicans saw the race going to the Democrats, because the
Republican vote seemed to be split with the Conservative, the Republican
wthdrew from the race of the last weekend. Then she endorsed the Democrat.
Though the Democrat
won in the end, the Conservative was much closer.
2009 - Now it appears that the Democratic win might have jumped the gun. The
vote was close enough that the absentee ballots will need to be counted. The
conservative may yet win!
Let's see how all this plays out on November
In the NY 23rd representative race, the Democratic winner, Bill
Owens, promised to not vote for a bill that had a
public option, cut Medicare benefits, taxed health care benefits, and increased
taxes on the middle class in any way. Of course within 24 hours of being sworn
in, he voted for all four in the house health care bill.
November 11, 2009 - With the state legislature in denial of a fiscal crisis
it turns out that they had previously voted to change the automoblie
license plates effective April 2010. The problem with this is that each
plate will cost car owners an additional
$10 to register their autos. If they want the same number as their
current plate, that's another $20. It is supposed to raise
million over two years, the time it will take to change all plates.
This at a time where state tax revenues are down due to recent increases in tax
rates and the overall down economy. In the past, plates were changed to
commemorate the Statue of Liberty and later to clear out
and expired plates. This is just change to make a small amount of
How about cutting
Then there's the federal money
for education. If the state doesn't change some
immediately, it will lose that federal funding.
November 15, 2009 - Another weekend announcement to take more
control of the country. Now the federal government wants to take control of the
safety aspects of all of the nation's subway and light rail systems. The FRA
has control of these issues for the mainline and commuter railroads, but the
subways have been left alone. The NTSB does step in when there is an accident
on any system, but there is no oversight of day to day operations.
is just another area that the adminsitration wants to control. None of these
existing systems interact physically with each other and the specifications for
the equipment varies greatly between them. This will become just another large,
expensive set of unfunded mandates by the feds, for no good reason.
in cities like
York equipment between parts of the systems are not the same.
One size will not fit all.
Jobs - Jobs - Jobs
December 2, 2009 - Two items that
may or may not be related pertaining to jobs.
President will hold a jobs summit. Who is invited: Unions, a few large
companies that are in the administration's pocket. Who is not invited: US
Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Small Business, both of
which can create jobs, given the proper tax rules. How
many of the members of the
administration have actually held a job where they had to do something
The Government is going in
house. It was announced that the government can
billions of dollars by doing some work internally by government
employees. While this may be true for continuous work, it's probably not true
for things like construction. If a construction job is done by a contractor,
when the job is finished, the contractor is let go. If government employees do
the work, they continue on the payroll, even if there's no work to be done.
What it does is increase the number of folks who work for the governemnt, with
all of the negative things that come with that.
I suppose that both of
these things are expected from an administration that wants to take over
everything in the US.
I won't even go into the stupidity of trying the 9/11
terrorists in a New York trial.
However, as part of the administraion's
assurances to us, they've essentially said
Even if they are acquitted, they will not be released.
So what's the point of the tiral?
While the Country goes Down
December 9, 2009 - A
New York Daily News editorial reported
that the US Congress is spending time on the College
Football Playoff Act of 2009. It's supposed to replace the Bowl
Championship Series with an elimination playoff game.
Is there nothing
important for congress to discuss?
What were they Thinking?
December 9, 2009 -
Homeland Security has released to the
internet a detailed report that shows how the DHS handles security measures
like how many bags are checked, what countries are most likely to have heavier
screening. No one thinks that a terrorist might use the information to sidestep
In its infinite wisdom and catering to the unions, the Bronx
City Council members supported a rule to enforce a $10 to $11 minimum wage to
workers at a proposed mall at the Kingsbridge Armory. The successful bidder,
Related Companies, refused to go along with that and as a result 1000
construction jobs and 1200 retial and support jobs were lost to the Bronx,
which has a 13% unemployment rate.
politicians and greedy unions!
More Questions of Competence
On Christmas day 2009 an attempt at bringing down an airplane
over Detriot was thwarted by the passengers on the plane. In the aftermath
questions were raised as to how the suspect got
through security with explosives. The only thing that averted the disaster was
that the device failed. It contained the same compound that the shoe bomber
It appears that the suspect's father had warned the US
embasy about his son's radical leanings. The suspect was on the lowest level
threat list and apprently was helped through security without showing his
The mixed signals from an incompetent administration says that
a full investigation will be conducted. But the DHS director Janet Napolitano
says that the system worked. What part? The fact that the passengers stopped
Finally on Monday Sec. Napolitano backtracked to say that
security didn't work as well as it should have. Of course the blame for this
was placed on the Bush Administration. The President finally spoke on Monday,
but still hasn't called them terrorists.
There appears to be a link, at
least through e-mails between the Ft. Hood shooter and the suspect in the
attempted plane bombing.
A letter to the
editor to the New York Daily News, claims that anyone who questions the
administration is a racist:
Jamaica: During the
last presidential election, I thought that white Americans had changed. The
birthers, the deathers, Joe Wilson, Glenn Beck, the tea parties, the guns and
vile signs on display at these parties, the town hall meetings, the hysterical
women wailing "we want our country back" and the overall disrespect and
unrelenting criticism of President Obama have proven that a large number of
white Americans are as racist, bigoted, antagonistic and sadistic toward
African-Americans as they ever were. The election of the first black President
has just exacerbated the problem. Marian West
No we want
More Security Issues
January 2010 - on the heels of the unsuccessful airplane
bombing, a number of other blunders come out:
A third person got into
the White House during that State dinner.
A number of CIA operatives
were killed when a double agent was allowed into the compund and set off a
A single TSA agent was on duty during the
holiday season a Newark Airport. When he left his post, a person walked into
the secured area through the exit he was guarding. How could any exit from the
secured area of the terminal be left covered by only one employee?
on an inbound flight to Minneapolis was flagged by a bomb sniffing dog. This
means it got through security at the originating end.
As of January 5th
no one has been disciplined for any of this, except for the guard who was
alone. What about his supervisor who posted only one guard?
January 7 -
The chief of the
National Counterterrorism Center was
given permission to leave on a ski trip the day
after the failed underwear bomb. The President finally admits that there
were disconnects in the intellegence and that the USA is at war with
On January 8, they tracked down the
Newark Airport culprit. It turns out that he was a Rutgers University Phd
candidate who wanted to steal one more kiss with his girl friend, who was
flying back to California after a holiday visit. In fairness to the TSA agent,
the student was told to stay in back of the security rope. However when the
agent turned away, the student ducked under the rope, stole the kiss and left
the secured area. A passenger told the TSA agent and the terminal was
evacuated, messing up travel for a day, at least.
Once the student was
identified and arrested, the politicians were up in arms that he was only
facing a $500 fine for trespass. While he did disobey the TSA agent, to try him
for more seems to be overkill for an inocent transgression. It would be better
to look at the exits from the secured areas at the airport and make them harder
to walk through in the wong direction. Rope dividers are simply not enough for
this separation. In addition, more TSA agents should be posted at these
locations, so that if one's attention is diverted, others are there to continue
This is another case of the
government looking at the wrong thing to correct a problem.
January 20 - A TSA agent is interviewing a traveller. He finds
a plastic bag with a white powder in her bag. After questioning the lady for a
few seconds, he admits that he planted it as a joke! What was he thinking?
Needless to say he was fired. He should be prosecuted, though stupidity is not
If you can't beat them. . . Drop out of the race
In early January 2010 a number of
US Senators have decided not
to run in November 2010. Is this at the Democratic party's behest? Will they
turn up with big jobs suppoorted by liberal organizations?
January 10, 2010 - Senate Majority Leader Reid,
publishes a book about the 2008
presidential race. In it he
insults Barack Obama and is forgiven! If a conservative had said
those things . . .
Also in the book:
He claims that Senator
Schumer of NY privately supporeted Obama, but publically supported
Former President Bill Clinton said some bad things about Obama
The President goes 0-3
January 19, 2010 - On election day 2009, the President
campaigned for the Democratic nominee for goverenor in Virginia and New Jersey.
Both Republicans won the races. Now in a special election for the
Ted Kennedy Senate seat in Massachusetts, the
Republican candidate won.
That make the President and his agenda
Of course the White House blamed the candidate for not being
agressive enough. The candidate blamed the White House for not supporing her.
They both blamed the Bush Administration. Both are wrong, the public, mostly
independent thinkers, do not like the socialist direction that the country
Can't wait for November
The President Loses Another Appointee
Erroll Southers, President Obama's choice to lead the
Transportation Security Administration, says he is withdrawing because his
nomination has become a lightning rod for those with a political agenda. The
problem is that it was found out that while he was with the FBI he used
official records to find information for a personal matter. then he lied about
January 27, 2010. President Obama's first
the Union report. After the losses in NJ, Va, and Ma and overwhelming
public outcry against the health care and cap and trade bills, most thought
that he would start by saying he gets it and pull back. But no, in a
condescending talk down to We the People, he
proceeds to say that he will continue to push for both of those bills. He also
made the lame claims that the
stimulus bill saved 2 million jobs and did such a good job, he will
call for a
He called for ending
don't ask, don't tell in the
Warned members of congress that it's more important to pass
his bills than for them to get reelected.
Insulted the Supreme Court and
lied about the
in a recent case.
Not once metioned Gitmo and the issue of the
trials of the 9/11 terrorists.
Gee we're sorry, but it wasn't
More incompentence! It comes out in February that the
president's chief of staff had used a second
insult to the
disabled during a conference.
AG Holder admitted that he alone
made the decision to try the 9/11 terrorists in NYC.
LaHood said and later retracted ...if you drive a Toyota, stop
Another member of the staff said that hurricane
Katrina was the best thing for NO, because it allowed it rebuild
Who Vets the Vetters?
February 19-22, 2010 - The President appointed a WH staffer to
represent the administration at an Islamic group. After the appointment, it was
found out that he had previously supported a fellow Muslim who was accused of
aiding a terrorist. This was mentioned in an article about the conference where
the statement was made. In a later version of the report, the comments were
When the accusation was brought out, the individual, through a
WH question, denied the statement. Futher investigation that the author did not
know why the change was made to the report.
He later said he didn't
remember making the statement, or it was taken out of context.
weekend, a tape surfaced with the statements. Now he admits to making them and
having the statements taken out of the report.
The appointment is to an
organization that supports Sharia Law and having the WH appointee in full
agreement with all that entails, is a major blunder.
Once again, the WH is embarrassed by a poorly vetted
A Hopeful Sign for 2010
May 18, 2010 - A good sign for the 2010 election, once again
anyone being supported by the Obama Administration will go down to defeat!
Let's hope that the trend continues.
The Budget Cutting Committee
In Early 2010, the President appointed a committee to look at
government income and expenses with an eye toward reducing the deficit. By June
2010, the committee was out of funding.
cutting the budget cutting committee?
He doesn't have the sense to come in
from the rain!
This was at a press conference on May 16, 2013. This was in the
middle of three scandals. Bengahzi cover up - who gave
the stand down order? IRS investigating conservitive groups Department of
Justice getting months of AP phone logs.
It's Getting Worse
May 21-22, 2013- With congressional hearings going on about the
IRS and AP scandals no one in the administration is admitting to knowing
anything. If the department heads don't know what's going on, who should? Then
we find out that statements made a few weeks ago are either wrong or
misleading. This administration is out of control and is being run by
incompetent leaders or lying.
The Government is gather records of phone calls and e-mails.
the claim it's for security, but with the track record of the IRS targeting
conservative groups, what's stopping the NSA from targeting groups
October 1, 2013 - The federal government shut down over the
spending plans, which some Republicans wanted to include provisions to defund
or delay the mandates in Obamacare. Unfortuneately, the
chose to selectively cause pain by: Not
paying funeral allowances to Gold Star Families. Closing
National Parks. Blocking the view of monuments tha are otherwise visible
from public roads. Blocked WWII vetereans form visiting the
memorial to them. BUT continued to pay Their salaries.
National Public Radio. Anything the administration likes.
Lies about Default
Coming on the tail of the government shutdown, another debate
about the th debt ceiling. If it's not raised, they claim that the US credit
will suffere because the interest payments would be missed. However, enough
cash is taken in every day to cover the interest, but there wouldn't be enough
money to pay for other stuff. How about looking at the so called non-essential
employees who were laid off under the shutdown?
American households: Renters - 32% Current
Mortgage holders - 33% Paid off mortages -
27% That leaves
7% Delinquent or in Foreclosure
Rumor has it that a second stimulus may be in the works. The
first hasn't worked, neither have the bailouts of GM and some of the banks.
Those that did work to the point where the banks will pay them back with
interest, the government will find a way to spend the interest anyway it
As of 7/8/09 - $57 billion has been spent
saving some 150,000
jobs, mostly teachers and other public employees
That's 7.6% of the total authorized
That's $380,000 per job (the jobs will probably be
lost, when the stimulus runs out)
We will have to wait until the end of the year for any
real infrastructure projects
Taxes will only be raised on the rich:
early 2008 - rich is making over $1,000,000
late 2008 - rich is making over $500,000
2009 - rich is making over $250,000
Now rich is making over $100,000
Soon living in the USA is rich and the tax rate will be
September 5, 2009 - in an interesting twist, the federal
government will offer US Savings Bonds as 'payment' for tax refunds. Apparently
it was practice that was discontinued. From the
Revitalizing the U.S. Savings Bonds
Program web site:
Option to Purchase U.S. Savings Bonds on the Tax Form The option to purchase a
U.S. Savings Bond could be added to the new IRS Form 8888. This change would
"mainstream" the purchasing process by integrating it into the tax filing
process. It would ensure that filers anywhere, using any tax preparation
method, would be able to order bonds and would capitalize on the potential
saving "momentum" present at tax time, when lower-income families often
anticipate a substantial refund. The cost of this proposal is limited to
internal administrative expenses for the revision of forms and systems. This
proposal would make possible the purchase of savings bonds on tax returns and
meet the demand by lower-income tax filers, as the D2D pilot is
Is this another way to let the federal government keep your
Here's a dilemma: The war on profit.
This administration is constantly talking about reviving the economy and
brining prosperity back -- but don't be TOO prosperous because that would be
evil. Of course, 'too prosperous' is completely subjective and varies from
industry to industry, depending on the political winds at any given
Remember oil is evil when they make profits, but a fast food
chain is not, when it makes money because folks have to eat cheap!
CIT is the company that loans money to
and medium businesses and is on the verge of bankruptcy. But unlike
the BIG guys, the government has decided NOT to bail it out. Why?
Now we hear that the banks, who got TARP billions from the
government is using millions to lobby the governemt for more.
Cash for Clunkers
The Cash for Clunkers program proves that if you put
cash into people's hands, it will be spent. Still to be determined: will any of
the buyers wind up in debt for a new car loan that they didn't have
before? Of course the government couldn't keep up with the demand and have a
backlog of processing the paperwork. The $1 billion was used up in a few days,
more may come soon. On the other hand, the geniuses in the government never
anticipated that the billion would be used up in four days instead of four
months. Then there are the rules about the cars turned in, they must be
destroyed. What will happen to the used parts market and the tax credit for
donating old cars to charity? By the way, all of the scrap cars will wind up in
landfills! So even the one part of the stimulus that is sort of working,
wasn't fully thought through. The good news is that the money came from
reallocating funds in the $800 billion stimulus plan. At least it's not new
debt. However, many of the clunkers are
being replaced by cars NOT built in the USA, so the money the US borrowed for
the stimulus is going to help foreign
countries! Now what about folks who need a new refrigerator,
washing machine, or dish washer? Can't these items be replaced by more
efficient machines? I had to replace my central air conditioner this year. I'm
not 100% sure if I'm eligible for a tax credit on the new unit.
dealers are taking the cash but sell the turned in car as used. That couldn't
happen, could it?
GM reported that they are reopening some assembly
lines to build more cars. Will they be delivered in time for the November
extended cut of of CARS? Will they be left on the dealer lots? Will the new
cars be left over next year?
Word comes that the government is slow in
processing the Cash for Clunkers checks. What makes anyone think
that they could stay on top of medical payments? The soluition: hire 1100 more
employees to process the rebates.
August 19 - it was reported that some
New York area dealers are suspending CARS deals for lack of payment from the
government. The administration is clearly unaware of the issues involving
running a small business.
August 24 - There are accusations that some
dealers are trying to get customers to sign away their rights under CARS in the
unlikely event that the government fails to pay the dealer the stimulus.
That could never happen!
September 1 - The
numbers are in, Cash for Clunkers was a success for ford, Toyota, and Honda.
but not so well for the Government 'owned' Chrysler and GM!
According to Snopes, much of the Cash for
Clunkers money is being taxed by the states in which the citizens live. I don't
know why anyone is surprised, many sates are in worse financial shape than the
federal government. And most states must have a balanced budget.
29, 2009 - The economy is growing. But wait, part of that was for the sales in
Cash for Clunkers program. All that did was accellerate planned purchases.
Still to be seen how many of those purchases will go into default. Also the
cost to the taxpayers was
$24,000 per auto sold.
Help with School Expenses
Another good idea gone bad! A
school supply supplement for every school child whose family is
receiving public assistance and food stamps. The money is credited to the
family electronic benefits cards. However many are using the
extra money for other things. It also leaves out the recently unemployeed and
others who worked, but make too much to qulaify for those programs. Once again,
good intentions get messed up by poor implementation. Not to mention that the
stimulus money was to go for shovel ready projects to creat jobs.
It was bad enough when it was announced that stimulus checks
were sent ot to deceased folks. Hopefully their heirs were honest enough to
return them. Now we hear that some 4000 checks were issued to some prison
inmates. What makes anyone thing the government can get anything
November 17, 2009 - Checks issued to some
15 million taxpayers were incorrectly
issued and those folks will have to return the money, perhaps $250 or more
In February 1989, Seymore Durst installed the National Debt
Clock in Times Square. It became a major tourist attraction while it was up. By
2000, shortly after Mr. durst passed away, the debt began to decline. At its
peak the computers controlling it were overwhelmed and actually shut down for a
short time. When it was dismantled, it read: $5,676,989,904,887. Your family
share: $73,733. At the time government economists predicted that thee would be
no debt by 2013.
I guess they coudn't predict the end of the Bush and
beginning of the Obama administrations. A new one was to be installed in
October 30, 2009 - VP Biden says that the stimulus money
created or saved one million jobs. For the amount of money spent, that's $170K+
per job. How about giving the money directly to the people? Or better yet, not
spend the money and give every tax payer a tax reduction. In construction, the
loss is over $10K per job!
Predictions are that the US will be in 10%
plus unemployment in November.
November 17, 2009 - Now it is revealed
that the number of jobs created or save was over estimated to the point of
counting some jobs in congressional districts that do not
The Economy - How Bad is
I got a pre-declined credit card in the mail.
I ordered a burger at McDonalds and the kid behind the
counter asked, "Can you afford fries with that?"
that CEO's are now playing miniature golf.
if the bank returns your check marked "Insufficient
Funds," you call them and ask if they meant you or them.
Hot Wheels and Matchbox stocks are trading higher than
McDonald's is selling the 1/4 ouncer.
parents in Beverly Hills fired their nannies and
learned their children's names.
a truckload of Americans was caught sneaking into
Dick Cheney took his stockbroker hunting.
Motel Six won't leave the light on anymore.
the Mafia is laying off judges.
Exxon-Mobil laid off 25 Congressmen.
And Finally: Congress says they are looking into this
Bernard Madoff scandal. Oh Great!! The guy who made $50 Billion disappear is
being investigated by the people who made $1.5 Trillion
While the Country Burns
November 6, 2009 - The Predictions that US unemployment will be
in 10% came true. Sadly the congress is still trying to ram an expensive health
care bill through that will threaten to further
November 12, 2009 - the administration claims
that one million jobs were
saved by the stimulus, but unemployment has increased beyond what
they said it would be if the
were not passed.
They have announced a job summit to get ideas
for improving the economy and job creation. Will they spend more money?
Well we got some TARP money back
Decembr 9, 2009 - Some of the banks that received TARP funds to
help them over the hump, are now repaying the loans with interest. Under the
original law, that repayment was to be used to
pay down the
debt. Of course congress now faced with a windfall of income wants to
use the money as a stimulus to
create more jobs.
It was also reported that a
former polster for Secretary of State
Clinton received $6 million dollars of stimulus money to save three jobs at
Burson-Marsteller. How do I get one of those jobs?
But Paying Interest Interest isn't Enough!
January 14, 2010 - Making things even worse, some of the
companies that paid back the TARP funds with interest are now being threatened
with a 'tax' to prevent them from paying bonuses to those employees who help
steer the company into a position that they could pay back the funds. Those
companies that are favored by the administration do not have to pay the tax!
Isn't there a provision of equal protection in the
How many Jobs?
On the Sunday News shows on January 24, 2010, three different
administartion members gave three different numbers of job that the stimulus
plan created or saved. Jarret: thousands Axelrod: 1.5 million Gibbs:
One of off by several orders of magnitude and the others
might be off by 50%
If they can't nail down a
number, is it possible that the stimulus didn't work?
Happy Birthday - Stimulus Plan
February 17, 2010 - One year after the now over $800 billion
stimulus plan was placed into effect, only one third has been spent,
unemployment is just under
10%, and the administration still claims that anywhere from thousands
to millions of jobs were created or saved. Bottom line is that many of those
jobs will not be there next year, when there is no stimulus money. the average
cost per job was $140K
A CBS-NY Time poll fond that only 6% of the
public think the stimulus helped in any way. That compares to 7% who think
Elvis is still alive and that the moon landings were faked.
More Good News?
June 4, 2010 - The good news: 430K jobs were created in May.
However 411K of those were federal jobs for the census, which means they are
temporary until September. So only 20K real jobs were created in the private
sector. The unemployment is still around 9.8%, but many folks have not looked
for a job in months, they don't get counted.
With the above items, it's
found out that the governement counts the same person any number of times they
are hired and laid off for the census work. This means that the 411K jobs
created might have been the same 100K workers rehired a number of times. This
was confirmed by a member of
congress who asked census supervisors in Minnesota and California.
Further, by doing this it keeps those employees off of
With this news, the stock market closed under
The national debt reached $13,000,000,000,000
In an effort to force congress to increase taxes, the President
proposed a sequester of
cuts in 2011. The Republicans called his bluff and the seqester went
into effect January 2013. The President predicted gloom and doom, but it didn't
happen. Then he began to make deliberate cuts to hurt the public: Closed the White House tours Cut out appearances of Military
"show groups", like Blue Angels Cut out New York's Fleet Week Ordered the
FAA to furlough
traffic controllers. The bottom line:
Sequester = a 3% reduction in the amount of the INCREASE
of the budget. That means a project that would have increased by $100 will
"ONLY" increase by $97. The cuts are all
Put another way, the cap-and-trade approach is the equivalent of
a permanent tax increase for the average American household, which was
estimated to be $1,100 in 2008, would rise to $1,437 by 2015, to $1,979 in
2030, and $2,979 in 2050.
In Australia the cap and trade laws are being repealed. In Spain
the C&T has COST jobs to the point that it is twice the unemployment rate
The House is voting on this 1300 page bill with no time to
read it. The results will NOT help Climate Change and may actually contribute
to more pollution. Two members of congress and former VP Gore stand to gain
financially by its passing. GE has set up a division to track the C&T and
also stands to gain by its use. Even the New York Times has said it's a bad
idea. The EPA says manufacturing may move over seas to non C&T countries
because it will be cheaper to manufacture there.
David Orr, a professor
of environmental studies at Oberlin College, agrees that the concept should be
viewed with skepticism. Im suspicious of offsets, he says.
The farther away they get, and the more abstract they get, the more
difficult it is to know whether you got what you paid for. And you cant
monitor them. It opens up a can of worms.
Now it seems that an EPA staffer had found that the science
behind global warming is not as severe as thought and was told to bury the
findings by the Obama Administration so Cap and Trade can pass. I seem to
remember the Democrats up in arms years ago when Bush's folks felt there
science was inconclusive. Let's see what happens. That's the beauty of science,
you must have an open mind to change opinions as more evidence is found.
There is a claim that the process of keeping livestock for
dairy and meat production contributes to the overall methane and carbon dioxide
levels. These in turn are supposed to be contributing to
change. Of course former VP Al Gore is still eating meat and using
much more energy in his house.
November 23, 2009 - the New York
Times reported that there were e-mails found that ...show that climate scientists conspired to overstate the case
for a human influence on climate change.
Now CO2 Needs to be Regulated
December 7, 2009 - The Federal EPA has ruled that
CO2 is dangereous to human life and must be regulated. This will
increase the price of just about everything and destroy any effort to create
jobs, because much of power generation is from coal plants. Many feel that his
is just a ploy by the administration to force congress to pass cap and trade,
which, though bad, would not be as bad as reulating CO2 .
also turns out that the idea that the ice shelf in the
North Pole was decreasing,
was a mistake. Polar bears, have increased in population to some 20,000 since
One Year Later
December 9, 2009 - One year after the Mass Governor opened a
Green Factory that manufactures solar panels at a cost of $50+ million of
taxpayer moeny, the plant cut back on employees and moved some jobs to
December 2009 - In the name of
Warming world leaders flew to Copenhagen and drove their limos around
town, giving off all kinds of CO2. Not once was the Climategate
issue brought up. Anyone who questioned the science, was denigrated. Most of
the attendees wanted the US, China and Russia to pay big bucks to the smaller
countries to help them get greener. It's gotten to he point where Al Gore won't
even talk to those who question the change in scientific findings.
The science is never in. That's the beauty
of scientific research, as more data come in, theories change under the new
evidence. Of course, the accusation that some of the data had been manipulated
and even hidden raises even more questions. Anyone remember the nuclear winter,
that threatened the Earth a decades ago?
bear population has increased, the polar ice cap is not shrinking, and the
temperature of the interior of the earth is not
December 18, 2009 - Much ado about little. And
President Obama had to leave the Global Warming conference due to a pre-winter
snow storm due to hit Washington, DC on Saturday.
Green Jobs to save America
Of course if the USA begins to manufacture with an eye toward a
GREEN economy, things will improve and the environment will be saved.
Evergreen Solar, was given a sizable
chunk of stimulus money to build solar panels. After a year in production, the
company was losing so much money that they decided ship the
jobs to China. Will they give the
stimulus money back?
January 2010 - Serious Windows, a company that supplies
insulated windows was recognized by the White House as making the best windows.
The problem though is that the wife of the president of the company is the
Administration's lead on insulating windows. The company and its executives
gave to the Obama campaign.
February 8, 2010 - It was reported that a wind turbine electric
generating system in Minnesota hasn't worked on the windiest days. Turns out
that it's so cold that the blades are jammed and the lubicant has turned to
gel. They would have to be heated by electircity or natural gas. Either reduces
February 12, 2010 - For the first time ever, there was
measurable snowfall in all of the
Some places have not ha snow in over ten years.
While the snow falls of
2009-2010 do not disprove global warming, neither does the lack of snow in
Vancouver, BC where the Winter Olympics are to start on the evening of February
12. However it does prove the the science is never in. There is always new data
that must be included in any analysis.
It's also interresting that the
UN committee on climate change now says that the reports that 'prove' global
warming are NOT scientific papers. What are they
based on then, oh yes, a
climbing magazine article and a college
Can't Find the Data
February 15, 2010 - Phil Jones, lead Climate Scientist, has
admitted to a few things:
There hasn't been any
statistical warming since 1995.
The world might have been warmer in
medieval times than now.
He has lost the collected data pertaining to
climate for the past few years.
But of course those who believe
is in are not swayed by these new revelations.
Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
June 12, 2010 - Fifty some days into the
BP oil spill a few observations: The government won't allow oil
drilling in shallow water The state of Louisiana had
authorized BP to drill at a site only 500 feet down, the federal government
cancelled it The government won't allow drilling on land The
government has no technology to aid in stopping the spill BP has taken
responsibility for the repair and reparations The government threatens to
take over BP The BP stock has tanked because of the spill and the government
threats Because of the stock tanking, many pension funds are in
jeopardy There was an above ground spill on the Alaska pipline a few days in
- the oil was contained and damage corrected The President says he is in
charge and asks experts' opinions The
Jones Act prevents foreign ships from
operating in US waters. An executive order could suspend it, but because of
union support, the President won't take help from countries that have the
equipment, expertise, and offered to help Then he wants to find out
whose ass to kick (see above) The
government wants to use this as an excuse to pass Cap and Tax, but this won't
speed up alternative technology At a high school commencement, he says don't
point fingers to set blame, but that's all he does here and for other
carefully: George Soros founded the Center for American Progress,
headed by John Podesta John Podesta, one of the President's senior advisors
on drilling Tony Podesta, John's brother is a lobyist for BP If
moratorium is not lifted fast enough, the drilling rigs will be moved to
countries that will drill Brazil, through PetroBras, is planning to begin
off shore drilling even deeper than the well that caused the spill The US is
giving Petrobras $2 billion to begin the drilling More
US jobs will be lost to Brazil Soros owns some $600 million of the
Pretbras stock and stands to profit greatly
anyone say conflict of interest?
June 18, 2010 - It was reported
that the Coast guard had temporarily grounded a number of oil skimming barges .
. .beacuse they couldn't verify the location of lifejackets on board. It's not
clear how much oil was not skimmed in the delay.
In 2013 it's become obvious that the Earth is not warming and
the ice at the South Pole is increasing. The storms that have been hitting land
are NOT related to climate change. Hurricane Sandy, which devistated the
northeast in 2012, was the confulence of a number of normal weather features,
none of which had anything to do with the climate. Of course this is not
stopping the doom sayers. One news anchor actually asked a scientist is the
recent near miss of the Earth by an astroid was becuase of climate