Wednesday, December 29, 2010

President Fiat strikes again

Following up on yesterday's post, the Obama administration is once again committing to rule by decree . . . here's the lead paragraphs from this story from

HONOLULU, Hawaii -- After failing to get climate change legislation through Congress, the Obama administration plans on pushing through its environmental policies through other means, and Republicans are ready to put up a fight.

On Jan. 2, new carbon emissions limits will be put forward as the Environmental Protection Agency prepares regulations that would force companies to get permits to release [so-called - SLC] greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.

Who cares if Americans don't want it?  So what if Congress rejected this job-killing baloney.  King Obama will just do it anyway by executive fiat.

Whatever happened to separation of powers?  I guess they don't teach about that in Indonesian (or, apparently, even Hawaiian) grade schools.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Ghost of "Christmas" Past

I happened to drive past a St. Louis County auto dealership today and noticed three signs.  One said "Happy Hanukkah".  Another said "Happy Kwanzaa".  And then, the third, said . . . what would you think?  "Merry Christmas" maybe?  Just a sales staff covering all bases - that might make some sense.  But no, the third sign was the now ubiquitous "Happy Holidays"!

"Happy Holidays" has become the omnipresent, politically correct greeting for December.  Stores don't have "Christmas" sales but "Holiday" sales.  The word Christmas has become taboo in America.  National reporters even apologize for using the term.

Now the PC-police removing "Christmas" from public places is bad enough, but "Christmas" is being removed from our private lives too . . . without many noticing.  Over 1/3 of the "Christmas cards" that my family received this year did not mention "Christmas" at all.  And only about 1/3 of the cards that mentioned "Christmas" actually had anything to do with the story of Christmas.  The rest were about Santa and snowmen and presents.

What is happening?  Why is it not okay to remember that Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ?  Why is it frowned upon to be a Christian and publicly celebrate a Christian holiday?

Jews stand up for Hanukkah.  African-Americans even stand up for Kwanzaa.  And it has remained okay to talk about both.

It is time for Christians to stand up for Christmas.  In 2011, please, join me and boot the generic and oh-so-politically correct "Happy Holidays" and wish the world a Merry Christmas instead.

And, oh yeah, Happy New Year too.

Spending like nobody's ever spent before . . .

From this story at . . .

The federal government has accumulated more new debt--$3.22 trillion ($3,220,103,625,307.29)-during the tenure of the 111th Congress [that's this one, folks, the Pelosi-Reid Congress with Obama in the White House] than it did during the first 100 Congresses combined, according to official debt figures pulished by the U.S. Treasury.
. . . 
The total national debt of $13,858,529,371,601.09 (or $13.859 trillion), as recorded by the U.S. Treasury at the close of business on Dec. 22, now equals $44,886.57 for every man, woman and child in the United States.
. . .
This Congress also outstripped its nearest competitor, the 110th, by an astounding $1.262 trillion in new debt.

President Fiat

It comes as no surprise that one American president, South American that is, has embraced the power to rule by decree.  That president is Venezuela's Hugo Chavez.  (Link to story here.)  But at least Hugo waited until his country's legislature officially gave him that power.

In North America, a president is ruling by executive decree and bureaucratic fiat as well.  Of course, that president is the United States' own Barack Obama.  Here are two recent examples . . .

#1:  Remember the brouhaha over "Death Panels" originally included in the monstrous bill that brought us (or is bringing us) Obamacare.  Without rehashing the details, suffice it to say that at the very least Obama and the majority of the Dems wanted end-of-life planning included in patients' government funded annual checkups.  Pro-Life conservatives opposed and won the battle.  The provision was removed before Obamacare passed.

But winning the battle is not winning the war.  The death panels are back.  The Obama administration has simply issued a new Medicare regulation enacting them.  (Link to story here.)  So much for the will of Congress.  So much for the will of the people expressed through their representatives in a representative democracy.

But one is not enough . . .

#2:  "Net neutrality."  The Obama-controlled Federal Communications Commission has decided to jump into the field of internet communications and regulate those communications as it does television and radio.  To date, standing alone, the reasons and the proposed regulations may even seem innocuous.  But the fact of the matter is, the government regulating the free flow of information on the only communication outlet not controlled by the political left wing in America should cause some pause.

Now, certainly in a representative democracy, the will of the people on this issue should matter, right?  Certainly our elected representatives in Congress would be the ones to determine whether or not a new field should be opened to government regulation, right?

Not in Barack Obama's America.  Nope.  Congress passed no law unleashing the hounds of the FCC on the internet.  And, according to this Rasmussen poll, just 21% of American voters want government regulation of anything on the internet.   A majority opposes such regulation in favor of a free market.

Welcome to America.  You and I are the great unwashed.  What you think doesn't matter - at least to President Fiat.  He knows best.  The great father looking out for us from the mountaintop.  So he thinks.

The upcoming regime change in 2012 (actually January 20, 2013) can't come fast enough.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Have you ever seen such a rush to avoid representative democracy?

Last time I checked, the American people decided to kick a bunch of Democrats out of Washington.  The election was in November but the losers remain in office until January.  That's the way it works.  Every two years there is a lame duck session of Congress.  But not every lame duck session tries to ram through legislation to enact the policy ideas that got those lame ducks fired in the first place.  This one, however, seems to be doing just that.  (Link to story here.)

The soon-to-be minority (at least in the House of Representatives) Democrats have pushed on "Don't ask - Don't tell."  They've pushed on the so-called DREAM Act.  And they've pushed on tax increases among other things.

Now, they've unveiled a $1.2 trillion (yes, that is with a "T") spending bill.  It includes $8 billion in earmarks.

Certain issues, do, of course, need to be dealt with immediately and cannot wait for the new congressmen and women to take their seats in January - like taking definitive action to prevent the coming January 1 tax increase for all taxpayers.

On the other hand, most of the issues being raised by the Democrats are being raised now simply because they have no hope of passage when the breath of fresh air arrives (and takes over) in January.

But isn't Congress elected to do the will of the people?  Apparently, Democrats don't think so.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Why elections matter . . .

Meet Joe Pitts (R-Penn.).  With the G.O.P. takeover of the House of Representatives coming in January, he will be the new chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health.  (Link to story here.)  According to the National Right to Life Committee, Congressman Pitts has "made protection of the sanctity of innocent human life the cornerstone of his service in the House."  And, even more impressive, a VP of the euphemistically-named Planned Parenthood Federation of America described Pitts as "as anti-choice as a member of Congress can be."  That's good enough for me.

What "Planned Parenthood" is saying, in their typical doublespeak spin, is that Joe Pitts is Pro-Life.  He won't support legalized infanticide and will do everything in his power to eradicate abortion or, at the very least, prevent your money and mine - taxpayer money, the only kind that the government has - from funding the wanton slaughter of children.

This is why we vote for Republicans.  Now let us all hope and pray that with (some) power they can make a difference.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Too Close for Comfort

The radical Islamist regime in control of Iran and the radical Communist regime in control of Venezuela have a common foe - us - and have become fast friends.  So far, the friendship of these two states has been a nuisance but it is about to become downright dangerous.

According to this articleDie Welt, a German newspaper, has reported that "Iran is planning to place medium range missiles on Venezuelan soil."  Iran will be building a military base in Venezuela and placing sort and medium range missiles there.  "If a missile base can be opened in Venezuela, many US cities will be able to be reached."

The United States faced a similar threat in 1962.  Lloyd Benson once said, famously, that Dan Quayle was no Jack Kennedy.  Is Barack Obama?

Deal or No Deal

No deal.  Link here for details.

Or deal.  Link here for possible new deal.

Unless there is a deal, your taxes will be going up in January.  And you'll have the lame duck Democrat Congress to thank for that.

If that happens, I have a suggestion for the incoming GOP majority . . . House Bill #2* should be an immediate and retroactive reinstatement of the Bush tax cuts, with no additional spending attached.  If Obama and the shrunken Dem majority in the Senate want to block that bill, be my guest.

(*HB #2 only because HB #1 is already spoken for . . . repeal of Obamacare.)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Kudos to D.C. . . . deja vu edition . . . sort of

It appears that the GOP victories in November have given Barack Obama a new perspective.  Tonight, an agreement has been reached to extend the Bush tax cuts.  (Link to story here.)  This was, by far, the most important thing on the agenda for the lame duck Congress.  I suppose, technically, it is still on their agenda but I can't really see the Congressional Dems blocking their president's compromise.  Failure to extend the tax cuts (a.k.a. a massive tax increase) would be a massive blow to the American economy.  Washington, on this one, isn't failing.  Thankfully.

Surprisingly, Obama's also seen the wisdom of cutting taxes.  Apparently included in the deal is a cut of 2% from the Social Security payroll tax . . . from 6.2% to 4.2%.  Wow.  FICA's going to be taking less of our money.  I can get behind that idea.

Now, the deal far from perfect.  The Bush tax cuts are only being extended 2 years - so we'll have this fight again in the lame duck session of the 2012 Congress.  And, the payroll tax cut is temporary too.

There are extensions of some tax credit programs too.  I don't know enough about the specifics of those to comment (sorry, I just don't have the time).

But long-term unemployment benefits were extended for an additional 13 months as well.  How working American taxpayers can continue to pay Americans who are not working for 99 weeks?  That's just four weeks short of TWO YEARS folks . . . TWO YEARS!  There's no money - but we're paying people to sit at home and watch Oprah or Days of Our Lives.

Enough, eventually, has to be enough.

But allow the criticism to wait for a little while.  Take the deal and smile.  Enjoy the boost in your paycheck.  Spend it.  And let's create an actual recovery.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Drawing the line on Political Correctness

There's a big day coming up on December 25.  Americans are in a festive mood.  Some cities, even, are celebrating with parades - tradition, you see.  But tradition is under attack by the forces of political correctness.  See, for example, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Apparently, Tulsa, for years, has hosted the "Christmas Parade of Lights."  But not anymore.  Instead, they are holding the "Holiday Parade of Lights."  (Just what holiday could that be?  I wonder.)

Enough already.  If a city wants to throw a Hanukkah Parade, be my guest.  If a city wants to throw a Kwanzaa Parade, have at it.  What the heck - if a city wants to throw a Festivus for the Rest of Us , go for it.

But by the same token, if the folks in Tulsa want to have a Christmas Parade, the easily offended and their "do-gooder" sympathizers should get out of the way.

Oklahoma Republican Senator Jim Inhofe, the former mayor of Tulsa who participated in the parade for years, has drawn a line.  He refused to participate last year and won't again this year, or ever, until Christ is again recognized as the reason for the celebration.  (Link to story here.)

Well done Senator Inhofe.  Keep up the fight.

You gotta love the House . . . thankfully the gavel will be passed in January

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Obama loses his base

Link to story here.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Election Reflections . . . belated edition

Well, it has become clear for all to see - including me - that anyone depending on a regular blog fix should look elsewhere.  However, if you want to read something good once in a while, stay tuned.  I promise not to go away (Lord willing and the creek don't rise) without telling you all that I'm gone.

So here we go, belatedly, with SLC's reflections on the November elections.  I haven't been so happy with an election result since 1994.  This was, of course, an even bigger victory.  (Though I must admit that my mood was even better in 1994 for two reasons . . . that one came as more of a surprise but, more importantly, it was because I heard the results on CNN while on vacation in Spain.)

In January, Republicans will take a decisive majority in the U.S. House of Representatives and a significant minority in the Senate.  In the Missouri General Assembly, the GOP has an overwhelming numbers advantage.

It is time to lay the the groundwork both in our state and nationally but anyone who wants real change needs to take a look at the Governor's Mansion in Jefferson City and the White House.  There are still significant stumbling blocks in the persons of Jay Nixon and Barack Obama.  Keep 2012 in your sights.

In the meantime, Roy Blunt and the other Republicans given our trust and sent to Washington have to draw a line on spending.  The government must realize that we're broke and start cutting the budget in real ways.  It won't be easy but it must be done.  If the Democrats won't go along, that's their choice.  Let them defend a government shutdown caused by their insistence on borrowing more money and adding it to our children's and grandchildren's tab, or printing it and devaluing the dollar.

Republicans in Washington must also target Obamacare.  All of it.  Repeal the monstrosity.  Only then will we be in a position to negotiate substantial but incremental, reasoned, and conservative changes to America's healthcare system.  Changes that would improve the private system rather than scrap it entirely  and replace it with a Socialist single-payer government behemoth.  A repeal of Obamacare should be the first one passed by the new House.  And its repeal should be tacked onto other bills sent to the president's desk.  Again . . . and again . . . and again.  Let Obama be responsible for veto after veto if he must.

The Jeff City Republicans have a chance to make a real difference too.  I heard Arthur Laffer on KMOX a while back, talking about a proposal to repeal Missouri's income tax in favor of a new, and surprisingly low, sales tax (coupled with refunds to cover the tax on purchase of necessities).  Slashing income taxes would likely draw business like pigs on . . . well, you know.

And, I read in Sunday's St. Louis Post-Dispatch about another pro-Missouri jobs measure that will be pushed by GOP in the General Assembly . . . the Right to Work.  Simply put, passing a Right to Work bill would prevent labor unions from automatically deducting or taking (some might say stealing) money from non-members paychecks and workplaces covered by union contracts.  It sure seems like a good idea to me.

So, here's to the GOP for the next two years and beyond.  Push the agenda to save America and build Missouri.  If you can't get everything you want, get what you can.  But don't settle.  2012 is not too far away.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Senator-elect Roy Blunt

Senator-elect Rand Paul

Senator-elect Marco Rubio

Senator-elect Ron Johnson

Senator-elect Mark Kirk

Monday, November 1, 2010

Don't forget to vote!

And vote Republican.  Posterity will thank you.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sam Bradford . . . a good sport

The Rams QB donned a Mizzou jersey today, paying off a bet with his formal rival, Mizzou alum Danario Alexander following Oklahoma's loss to the Tigers on Saturday.  (Link to story here.)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Nation's Village Idiot . . . a.k.a. Joe Biden

According to the Vice President, "every single great idea that has marked the 21st century, the 20th century and the 19th century has required government vision and government incentive."

Every single great idea since 1800 . . . every single great idea for 210 years . . .

Does he really believe that Henry Ford's assembly line came about because of Washington's vision instead of his own capitalistic ingenuity?

Bill Gates wrote BASIC because of a government stimulus program?

The Frisbee?  Rock and Roll?  Fantasy football?

And this guy is next-in-line for the presidency.

But there's something deeper to learn from the Village Idiot's latest random thought . . . this is the way many, many, powerful Democrats think . . . we can't (and don't) live without government intervention, without the government taking care of us, without our "betters," the ruling class in Washington, running our lives for us.

Individuality is at stake.  The time is here to remove Democrats from power as soon as elections allow.

NATO making a deal with the devil?

Word today that the United States and NATO have apparently agreed to "cooperate" with Russia and seem to be accepting Russia's permanent occupation of the South Ossetia and Abkhazia regions of the sovereign nation of Georgia, which the Bear invaded two years ago.  In exchange, Soviet-er-Russian helicopters will, once again be fighting in Afghanistan.  (Anybody remember Rambo III?)

Have we made a deal with the devil?

Monday, October 25, 2010

"Clear Frontrunner"

After months of campaigning, Roy Blunt remains "the clear frontrunner" in Missouri's race for the U.S. Senate.  In fact, according to the latest poll from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and KMOV, Blunt's lead is extending.  (Link to P.D. story here.)

Only eight days to go until the biggest, most-important mid-term election in the nation's history.  Let's hope November 2, 2010, is the day America pulls back from the brink of Euro-style Socialism.

Keep the pressure on Roy!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Catching up . . .

I clipped a couple of articles from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last week and didn't find the time to write about them.  Thinking that I would have time, I didn't bother to note the date that the article appeared either so I apologize for no links.  But each article bothered me.

The first article was headlined "Stimulus payment sent to the dead, imprisoned."  According to the Associated Press story, $18,000,000.00 in "stimulus" payments were sent by the federal government to 72,000 dead people last year.  72,000!  See, you don't need to worry about Washington bureaucrats running the entire American healthcare system.  They're efficient and on-the-ball!

The second article (also from the AP) contained the positive-spin headline "TARP repayments help cut deficit slightly."  Yet the year's budget deficit remains, get this, "a little under $1.3 trillion [YES, TRILLION - WITH A "T"]."  But here's the kicker . . . "that means the government borrowed 37 cents out of every dollar it spent."  Who is going to pay that back?  Obama?  Pelosi?  Or you, me, and our kids and grandkids?

Why can't Sergey Brin, Steve Jobs, and Bill Gates just get along?

Or, more directly, why can't Google's "Blogger," my Apple computers at home, and the PC world just get along?  What do I mean, well, 3 of my last 4 posts were rather dependent on embedded videos.  Without those videos, they just don't make much sense.  And, much to my surprise, the videos aren't viewable if you've got a PC.  They're there and working fine on my Macbook and iMac.  So, from now on, I'm going to try to provide a link to the videos that I post.  If you can't view it on my site, follow the links.

Sorry for any confusion to the blogosphere.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Why is Roy Blunt smiling?

Because according to the latest poll (this one from CNN and Time Magazine) he's beating Robin Carnahan by 13 points.

Does anybody know what happened to $162 million of our money???

The federal government doesn't.  "Recipients of 352 federal [so-called] stimulus contracts, grants and loans have failed to report how they spent the money, the status of their projects or how many jobs were funded, according to the Office of Management and Budget."  Those 352 payouts are totaled $162,000,000.00 of our money.  Poof!  Gone!

And the Democrats want more stimulus.  Vote them all out in November.  Every one you can.

(Link to story here.)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Where's my Stimulus?

Equal time for the Carnahans

Chuckles from 24th State .

Fox News Poll Shows Blunt by 8

Despite Robin Carnahan's efforts (if standing in a cow pen and propping up cardboard cutouts of her opponent, Barack Obama, and Nancy Pelosi can be considered "efforts"), Roy Blunt has a commanding 8 point lead in the latest poll from Fox News.

That's the headline.  And it is great news.  But there is even better news in the poll results.  Missouri is breaking conservative!

58% of Missourians disapprove of Obama's performance as president (and 53% believe that Carnahan agrees with Obama too often).

A whopping 40% are "angry" about "the way the federal government is working."  Another 29% are "dissatisfied."

58% (again) want Obamacare repealed (while only 35% want to keep it in place).

And 51% of Missourians "support the Tea Party movement."

If this is what big media considers a "battleground" state, it is going to be a great November.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Rupert Murdoch and the Oxymoron

Today, Rupert Murdoch testified on Capitol Hill in favor of immigration "reform."  (Link to story here.)  

He was right in stating his belief that "All Americans should have a vital interest in fixing our broken immigration system so we can continue to compete in the 21st Century global economy."

He was right to support "complete and proper closure of all our borders to future illegal immigrants."

But he lost me when he called for amnesty under the popular euphemism - "a path to citizenship" - to be given to "responsible, law-abiding immigrants who are in the U.S. today without proper authority."

Anybody else spot the problem in that statement?  Anybody who didn't?

"Immigrants who are in the U.S. today without proper authority" are, by definition, NOT "law-abiding."

Real reform of the immigration system is necessary, yesterday.  But since we can't turn back the clock, let's start by sealing the borders now and sending home as many of those law-breaking immigrants who are in the U.S. today without proper authority as possible.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Even Ziggy knows the inevitable truth about Obamacare

September 29, 2010

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

And Obama's new political advisor is . . .

Michael Dukakis.  (Link to story here.)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Why should I vote for Republicans across the board in 2010?

Here's the answer . . .

Or, at least it is the preamble to the answer.  Check out this link and download the entire plan.  Judge for yourself . . . do you want to vote for the current status quo in Washington . . . or Republicans who take A Pledge to America.

The time is now for the people to take back Washington.  GOP in 2010.

Up, Up, and Away . . . taxes that is

In what should come as a shock to no one, but may actually shock some of you "moderates" and "independents" who fell under the spell of Obamamania in 2008 and created the current one-party federal government in Washington, the Democrats are raising taxes on "almost everyone."  Yes, indeed.  I'm not kidding.  If Congress doesn't pass a bill to keep taxes at their current levels by the end of 2010 yet the Democrats who possess overwhelming majorities (for now) in both houses of Congress have "abandoned plans to vote before Election Day" on the issue.  (Link to story here.)

That leaves your wallet in the hands of a lame duck session that will still be led by Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.  In other words, don't hold your breath.

Where have you gone????

Nowhere really.  Just busy.  Tired.  Etc.

So, here's the deal.  I started this blog to get things off my chest.  If it draws readers, great.  If not, well, I still need to get things off my chest.  So, if you like what you see, check back from time to time.  There might be something new.  No promises, though, I'm still busy, tired, etc.

Friday, September 3, 2010

A question for Stephen Hawking

According to physicist Stephen Hawking, God did not create the Universe.  "Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing."  It is "because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing."  (Link here.)

But here's my question for Professor Hawking . . . why is there a law such as gravity?  Who created it?

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Crystal Ball says . . . Republicans take the House of Representatives in November and may take the Senate too!

Get out your crystal balls.  Not just any crystal balls, though, only the new "Crystal Ball" prediction from the "typically cautious [so says U.S. News & World Report] Larry Sabato, head of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics."  Sabato says that the GOP has a "good chance to win the House by picking up as many as 47 seats, net."  (Link to U.S. News report here.)  Republicans only need a gain of 40 for a majority.

Honestly, in my opinion, it would take massive complacency, fraud, or a big October/November surprise to  keep the House in Democrats' hands.

But the real news is in the Sabato's Senate predictions where, to gain control, Republicans need a net gain of 10 seats.  9 would split the Senate down the middle but vice president Joe Biden could break the tie in favor of the Democrats.  And gaining 10 seats when only 19 seats currently held by Democrats are up for election is a tall order but according to Sabato:

"In the Senate, we now believe the GOP will do a bit better than our long-time prediction of +7 seats.  Republicans have an outside shot at winning full control (+10), but are more likely to end up with +8 (or maybe +9, at which point it will be interesting to see how senators such as Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, and others react).  . . . The inescapable conclusion is that the Senate is on the bubble, with only a slight lean at Labor Day toward Democratic retention."

So, why should we care about Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball?  According to U.S. News, "Sabato has a near flawless record of accurate predictions."

Don't count any chickens yet.  Don't get complacent.  Don't start infighting.

Fuel up the GOP bandwagon and push for a Republican rout in November.

In Missouri, that means Roy Blunt!  Roy Blunt!  Roy Blunt!

For those of you reading from across the river in Illinois, it means Mark Kirk!  Mark Kirk!  Mark Kirk!

THE most important thing that you can do for your country in 2010 is vote Republican on November 2. I can't say that enough.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 covering for Robin Carnahan?

Here's a link to the story.  Note that the story covers a blunder by the Missouri Secretary of State and the headline correctly lambasts the "error."  But, just who is the blundering, error-prone Secretary of State?  Don't look to the story, the answer isn't in there.  It is Robin Carnahan . . . the Democrat's candidate for U.S. Senate. and its parent, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, apparently don't want to call attention to that fact . . . but I will . . .

Robin Carnahan's office made "a counting error" and "nearly left a qualified independent candidate for State Senate off the November ballot."

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

"Little evidence" for Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's global warming claims.

So says the InterAcademy Counsel.  (Link here.)

Who do you believe, the IPCC or the IAC?  The guys who claimed that the Himalayan glaciers would melt by 2035 or the guys who didn't?

Either way, their ain't no consensus!

(By the way, I know that was grammatically incorrect.  Allow me a little poetic license, okay?)

Recycle Government - Gateway to November

The "Tea Party" is coming to the Arch grounds in St. Louis on September 12, 2010.  For details, click here or here.  Make plans to come on out and show your support for limited government.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Obama administration advocating "reeducation"

From Steven Portnoy at ABC News:  Since Americans haven't embraced the healthcare reform blunder know as Obamacare, "Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the Obama administration has 'a lot of reeducation to do' heading into the midterm [elections]."  (Link here.)

Now, I'm sure, Secretary Sebelius didn't know what "reeducation" really means in the 20th and 21st century.  Of course not.

Another congressional Democrat in ethical trouble

And, in other shocking news, the sun rose in the east this morning and is on track to set in the west this evening.  (Link to story here.)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Not-so-shockingly, Post-Dispatch editorial is way off base

I rarely read the local newspaper's editorial page.  Why bother?  I suspect that most St. Louisans could predict the Post-Dispatch's editorial position quite easily by reviewing the daily talking points from the Democratic National Committee and leaning a bit to the left.  However, for some reason, today's lead editorial, which was headlined "President Pariah" caught my eye.

This editorial criticises Robin Carnahan for keeping her distance from Barack Obama and his policy "achievements" and advocates embracing the president's policies.  No surprise there, and nothing really remarkable.  But the piece continues and argues that "Ms. Carnahan . . . should be hammering on the fact that today's economic woes, record deficits, and record income disparity between the rich and the rest of America are in large part a function of decisions made on the Republicans' watch over the last 10 years:  $2.1 trillion in tax cuts, a trillion dollars worth of wars conducted off the books and $373 billion in unfunded Medicare expansion."

This, of course, is right out of the old Democrat playbook . . . blame George W. Bush.  And, you know what, I agree.  President Bush and the Republicans spent too much when they were in power.  True.  No doubt about it.  But lets take a look at the approximately $3.5 trillion in spending that the Post chooses to cite - not to discuss the merits of tax cuts, or the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan, or the expansion of Medicare (which it would surprise me if the Post didn't endorse at the time) - but in comparison with the levels of spending since the Democrats have captured the White House.

The facts are this, from the time that George W. Bush took office in 2001 until he left in January of 2010, the national debt increased by $4,899,100,310,609.  That's roughly $4.9 trillion.  That's bad, no doubt about it, but President Bush was in office for eight years.  Barack Obama has been in office for only 19 months.  In those 19 months, the national debt has already increased by another $2,736,401,236,918.  That's worse - and by a substantial margin.

During the Bush administration, the national debt increased at a rate of $1.68 billion per day.  But in the first 579 days of the Obama administration, the national debt has increased at a rate of $4.73 billion per day.  Almost $5 billion per day!

When it comes to government spending, the Democrats are Barry Bonds and the Republicans are Jack Clark.  It is disingenuous for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to criticize the spending record of George W. Bush and the Republican Party yet advocate embracing Obamaism.

I would give Robin Carnahan credit for running away from Obama if I believed that her run was anything more than a desperate and deceitful ploy in an election campaign.  But, alas, that's exactly what it is.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Blunt's lead widening

Check out the latest Rasmussen poll showing Roy Blunt leading Robin Carnahan in Missouri's Senate race by 11 percentage points, 51-40.

Don't get complacent folks, but the wheels seem to be falling off the Carnahan bandwagon.

Did anybody have a have a child in 2010?

I did.  And, according to the Congressional Budget Office, she's already in debt . . . big time . . . and its getting worse.  For full details, link here, but here are some lowlights:

The personal share of America's public debt for each child born this year is $29,178.00.

On their tenth birthdays, in 2020, their share of the debt will have risen to $49,694.00.

By the time most of them graduate from high school, in 2028, each of those children's debt share will be $80,650.00.

When these kids reach age 30, their share of the federal government's debt will be $166,500.00.

And, get this, "if government spending is not immediately restrained, our nation's public debt is projected to increase from $9.1 trillion in 2010 to $122.8 trillion by 2050.  As a result, when children born today reach 40 years old, their share of the U.S. public debt will be $279,738--an increase of 859 percent above what it is today.  For a family of four, the total household debt share would be approximately $1.119 million."

Sorry baby.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Another reason to keep this blog anonymous . . .

Link here.

Robin who?

Powerful national Democrats were in St. Louis this weekend.  Robin Carnahan appeared with none of them.  (The photo above is from 2009.)

And when those powerful Democrats spoke, in Missouri, where Carnahan is involved in a hot and extremely important U.S. Senate race, none of them mentioned her name.  Not Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, not DNC chairman Tim Kaine, not Vice President Joe Biden.  (Tony Messenger noticed . . . link here .)

Why not?  Because Robin Carnahan is pretending that she's not like Sebelius, or Kaine, or Biden, or their leader, Barack Obama.  It is an illusion.  Let's not be fooled.  Robin Carnahan is a rubber stamp waiting to happen.  Whether she appears with the liberal Democrats of Washington or not . . . she's one of them.

Federal Judge blocks federal funds for destruction of human embryos . . . for now

U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth has issued a preliminary injunction stopping the Obama administration's policy allowing the National Institutes of Health to fund embryonic stem cell research on new cell lines, a.k.a. experimentation on newly slaughtered children.  (Link to story here .)

Kudos to you Judge Lamberth.  But, his ruling is not final and whatever final ruling the judge makes is subject to appeal.

Nevertheless, this is good news, at least for the time being.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

.gov equals .propaganda

The Obama administration is abusing its power and mis-using government resources including and for dissemination of politial propaganda.  So says Representative Darrell Issa (R-California).  Issa produced a 37-page report documenting abuses of those websites.  (Link to story here.)

Such abuses, of course, come as no surprise to any observer of the current crop of Democrats in Washington.  (And isn't that a sad commentary on the state of the country?)

The truth is this . . . nothing, not a single word that comes from the mouth (or website) of anyone associated with the current regime can be taken at face value.  It's all spin.

Doubt it all.  Doubt them all.  And do all you can rid the government of every Democrat you can in November.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

It is time to change the Fourteenth Amendment

Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution begins . . .

All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States . . .

That language, and court cases interpreting it since the late 1800s, has granted American citizenship to anyone born within the borders of the United States, whether the parents of the child are present legally or not.  As you might imagine, birthright citizenship has created quite an incentive for foreign nationals to be here when children are born.  Reports are that at least 60,000 babies are born to illegal immigrants every year - in Texas alone.  (Link here.)  That's 60,000 feet (120,000 feet, technically) blocking the door from hitting the lawbreaking parents' rear-ends on their way out of the country since it is much more difficult (if not impossible) to deport the illegal immigrant parents of U.S. citizen infants.  And we sure can't deport the babies.

I'm for a robust, vibrant, and big-hearted LEGAL immigration system (coupled with real enforcement of immigration laws and sending those folks who are here illegally home, post haste).  But birthright citizenship, as it now stands, is out of hand.  The fix is simple, though the way complex . . .

The time has come to amend the beginning of the Fourteenth Amendment to read:

All persons born in the United States to a legal resident mother or father and all persons naturalized in the United States are citizens of the United States . . .

The quest revisit the notion of birthright citizenship is gaining some traction.  (Link to story here.)  The time has come.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Happy Birthday Barack and Robin!

Did you know today was Barack Obama's birthday?  And Robin Carnahan's?  Both are 49 years old today.

With only the best of intentions (and not to not-so-subtly highlight that Obama and Carnahan are two peas in the same pod), the Missouri Republican Party delivered a birthday cake to Robin Carnahan's Clayton office today.  (As reported by Jake Wagman at - link here.)

Obama spends $700,000.00 of OUR MONEY to convince America that Obamacare is a good idea

If the cost of Obamacare wasn't high enough already, the federal government is spending $700,000.00 on nationwide television advertising featuring Andy Griffith to convince you that you really should like it.  (Link to story here.)

Yes, your federal government, is spending money again - even more money that it doesn't have.  And a few hundred thousand dollars may not seem like much these days, but it is, again, and this is important, hundreds of thousands of dollars that the government doesn't have - on top of hundreds of billions or trillions to be spent on Obamacare.

Matlock won't be able to convince the American people that this is a good idea.  And, even liberals supporting this fiasco ought to realize, $700,000.00 can't buy enough lipstick for this pig.