Monday, July 25, 2011

you kicked the can, now go get it

while the feud between the Rep. Schultz (D-FL) and Rep. West (R-FL) is of little concern to me, the facts over which they argue is a major concern... the National Debt... while i leave it you for to work out the background and history of these two, i do want to point out (once again) simple facts which seem to be glossed over by those who support President Obama's (and by proxy, the Democrat's) plan for debt reduction.
In just two and half years, [Democrats have] increased federal spending a trillion dollars. It took George W. Bush, the largest spender since President Johnson, eight years to accomplish this.

The national debt stood at $10.6 trillion when Barack Obama became president. Now, two and a half years later, it's at $14.3 trillion -- a 40-percent increase.
Today 1.5 million less Americans are working than when Barack Obama became president and unemployment stands at 9.2 percent.
West's gentlemanly behavior | CURE - Star Parker

now, i'm sure there are those who will blame this on G.W.Bush... but at some point, Democrats have to take ownership... and the proposed debt reduction put forward by the Democrats must definitively prove it's viability... ten-year plans are not what we need... that is simply "kicking the can" to another generation... it kicks it past the election in 2012, 2016, and 2020... the political party which holds office and power now needs to form a plan for now... half-measures and rhetoric will not do.

so, the Democrats can continue to blame Republicans for failures... and they probably will... but there is no excuse for their own lack of leadership.

and this, like nothing else, will be remembered.

the blame game

Summary: "I don't want to point fingers, but it's their fault. Them, over there. Not me. Them. Right there. Those people. But I'm not placing blame."

We should not even be in that kind of scenario. And if Congress -- and in particular, the House Republicans -- are not willing to make sure that we avoid default, then I think it’s fair to say that they would have to take responsibility for whatever problems arise in those payments. Because, let me repeat, I’m not interested in finger-pointing and I’m not interested in blame, but I just want the facts to speak for themselves.
Remarks by President Obama - July 22, 2011"

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

anti-bullying promotes murder

keeping it classy... Dan Savage, of the well publicised "It Gets Better" campaign, has a problem with bullying... i mean, Dan is a bully... suprised?... me too.

but apparently, this is nothing new... he has a long-standing quarrel with Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA)... so great is his hatred, he has resorted to cyber-bullying the man... there is an entire website devoted to defining the Senator's last name as, well, something disgusting... skip the quote if you prefer.
Santorum: (n) The frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex
you were warned.

well, Dan Savage has decided to air some more grievances on the Bill Maher show (which is the usual repository for this kind of behavior)... but Savage took it to new lows; even for Maher... Dan Savage has decided that he wishes all Republicans were "f--kin' dead"... really?... this is the same guy who says:
Everyone deserves to be respected for who they are.

everyone, except Republicans, that is...

but, in typical Liberal fashion, Dan Savage seems to think if you apologize for something, it's okay:
It was a stupid, rude, thoughtless remark. I regret it and I retract it and I apologize to anyone watching.

well, it's not okay... that is not something which should be tolerated... and to come from someone who preaches tolerance, it is even more unacceptable... and to compound the problem, the mainstream media will give him a pass; one that they give no one else... and the apology is false, too... if he meant it, he'd take down that horrible, cyber-bullying website about Santorum... but he doesn't mean it... he is just saying it... non meus culpa... what a liar.

this jerk has started a movement to help the helpless, and for that he should be commended... but for his own hate-speech, he should be publicly condemned by those within the "It Gets Better" movement, as well as the LGBT community, as a whole.

Dan Savage wishes all Republicans were dead. - MRC

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

know when to say Wynn

CEO Stephen Wynn discusses why Obama and the debt ceiling are preventing economic recovery:
Well, here's our problem. There are a host of opportunities for expansion in Las Vegas, a host of opportunities to create tens of thousands of jobs in Las Vegas. I know that I could do 10,000 [square feet of meeting space] more myself and according to the Chamber of Commerce and the Visitors Convention Bureau, if we hired 10,000 employees, it would create another 20,000 additional jobs for a grand total of 30,000. I believe in Las Vegas. I think its best days are ahead of it. But I'm afraid to do anything in the current political environment in the United States. You watch television and see what's going on, on this debt ceiling issue. And what I consider to be a total lack of leadership from the President and nothing's going to get fixed until the President himself steps up and wrangles both parties in Congress. But everybody is so political, so focused on holding their job for the next year that the discussion in Washington is nauseating. And I'm saying it bluntly, that this administration is the greatest wet blanket to business, and progress and job creation in my lifetime. And I can prove it and I could spend the next 3 hours giving you examples of all of us in this market place that are frightened to death about all the new regulations, our healthcare costs escalate, regulations coming from left and right. A President that seems -- that keeps using that word redistribution. Well, my customers and the companies that provide the vitality for the hospitality and restaurant industry, in the United States of America, they are frightened of this administration. And it makes you slow down and not invest your money. Everybody complains about how much money is on the side in America. You bet. And until we change the tempo and the conversation from Washington, it's not going to change. And those of us who have business opportunities and the capital to do it are going to sit in fear of the President. And a lot of people don't want to say that. They'll say, "Oh God, don't be attacking Obama." Well, this is Obama's deal, and it's Obama that's responsible for this fear in America. The guy keeps making speeches about redistribution, and maybe we ought to do something to businesses that don't invest or holding too much money. We haven't heard that kind of talk except from pure socialists. Everybody's afraid of the government, and there's no need to soft peddling it, it's the truth. It is the truth. And that's true of Democratic businessman and Republican businessman, and I am a Democratic businessman and I support Harry Reid. I support Democrats and Republicans. And I'm telling you that the business community in this company is frightened to death of the weird political philosophy of the President of the United States. And until he's gone, everybody's going to be sitting on their thumbs.
[emphasis added]
Wynn Resorts' CEO Discusses Q2 2011 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

feeling safer, already

Illegal immigrant working inside nuke plant arrested - - Tucson, Arizona
According to Sheriff Arpaio, Cruz tried to gain access to the Nuclear power plant on Monday but was denied entrance because his Mexican Driver's license was expired.

He then returned on Tuesday, this time as a passenger in a contractor's vehicle. Cruz presented an Arizona Identification card and was permitted into the facility. When plant authorities more carefully examined the card some time later, officials thought it may be illegitimate and contacted the Sheriff's Office.

Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant officials say that the illegal immigrant was never allowed into any secure areas or into the plant itself. They say he was simply on company property in an administrative area.

Hezbollah Hooks Up With Mexican Drug Cartels
Islamic terrorist groups are setting up shop in Mexico and forming alarming ties with the country's brutal drug cartels, according to a 2010 internal memo from the Tucson Police Department.

we have nothing to fear but fear, itself... that and terrorists infiltrating nuclear power plants with fake identification given to them by Mexican drug-lords... but other than that, nothing to fear.

anybody know where we can find an alligator moat?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

i'm going home and taking my toys

"Eric, don't call my bluff," Obama said according to Cantor moments before storming out of the meeting. "I'm going to take this to the American people."

i guess Obama isn't going to have the "adult conversation" he so dearly wanted... but if he's going to walk out on the discussion, i hope he has a good reason... and not some political passing of the buck... we're running out of bucks to pass, literally.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

i hate being right

this is something i've noted before... but first:

Obama’s Economists: ‘Stimulus’ Has Cost $278,000 per Job | The Weekly Standard
The report was written by the White House’s Council of Economic Advisors, a group of three economists who were all handpicked by Obama, and it chronicles the alleged success of the “stimulus” in adding or saving jobs. The council reports that, using “mainstream estimates of economic multipliers for the effects of fiscal stimulus” (which it describes as a “natural way to estimate the effects of” the legislation), the “stimulus” has added or saved just under 2.4 million jobs — whether private or public — at a cost (to date) of $666 billion. That’s a cost to taxpayers of $278,000 per job.

wait... let me gloat for a moment... let me bask in the sun of "Being Right"...

damn... doesn't feel as good as i thought it would.

the problem is evident in the basic arithmetic of the bailout... my Ramblings post from October 8, 2010, looked at the simple numbers... and i quote:

is anyone doing the math on this?... they have awarded $218 BILLION and made 750 THOUSAND jobs... that is the US Government, your tax dollars, paying $290,924.15 PER PERSON to create or save their job... has this not sunk into your heads yet?... they are actually saying, even admitting, that they are paying an average of a QUARTER MILLION DOLLARS to create a single job... and the government, our government, is okay with this!

and the worst part is not THAT it happened... but the EXTENT to which it happened... when i posted back in October, it was $218 billion... this has ballooned to $666 billion... and we keep letting them write checks!!!

if this were a business, the CEO and CFO would be terminated and possibly sued for their negligence and incompetence... but this is government... they'll just run for re-election.