Thursday, February 26, 2009
Yesterday the Congress passed a 410 billion dollar Omnibus spending bill. This is in addition to the trillion just passed. It is an 8% increase over last year. There are over 8000 earmarks in the bill. The president just came out and said this wouldn't happen under his watch. When the White House was asked about this they said this was business that should have been done last year so they will let it slide. Are you kidding me. It doesn't matter when it was supposed to be done just the fact that if Obama wanted to stop it he could. He just doesn't want to take on Congress no matter what he says in speeches. The Republicans are equally at blame since 40% of the earmarks are theirs. The price all of us are going to pay for this reckless behavior is years of higher taxes and high inflation. We are all in a lot of trouble.
Monday, February 23, 2009
With the passage of the stimulus bill we are starting to get more details. Billions of dollars are going to the States. Why should a state that has been fiscally responsible pay for the bad decisions of other states? Once again we are rewarding failure. The same for the housing bailout. Why should all of us pay for people who acted irresponsibly. Yes some might have been taken advantage of ,but trust me the lawyers will line up to help those who were truly taken advantage of. If people lied about income, or just plain didn't live within their means why should the rest of us pay the price? How about the renters which make up 30% of Americans many of who have been saving to put 20% percent down and buy a house responsibly. What do they get other than the government basically saying you should have been irresponsible and we would have bailed you out. It seems every time we turn around we are helping people who have caused their own problems. This is not change we can believe in ! Every responsible homeowner ( 93% are making payments on time) should raise up and tell their representatives what they think!
Friday, February 20, 2009
The Obama administration is telling the Defense department to cut their budget by 15 %. The stimulus bill also cut funding for the F22 fighter. These cuts in our defense are the same thing Carter and Clinton did when they got in office. It is also estimated that these cuts will cost around 75,000 defense related jobs. Aren't we trying to create jobs? Are we not at war on two fronts right now? The quickest way to create jobs would be to increase the defense of this country. These cuts are exactly what Clinton did and then we were not prepared for 9/11 because cuts in defense also equal cuts in intelligence. We had to spend billions to rearm with the latest weapons and technology. The F22 fighter is the most advanced fighter in the world and is a determent to any country thinking about aggressive behavior. What are the Dem's thinking? All our fears that having Democrats in charge would make us less safe are about to come to fruition.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Lets review Obama's performance the first month. He promised a $3000 tax break for companies and individuals saving or creating a new job , didn't happen. He said the stimulus bill would be about infrastructure and jobs , turns out it is 70 percent about entitlements , another mislead. He said the stimulus bill would be put on line for 48 hours prior to signing . Didn't happen. He ran around the country fear mongering to get the stimulus passed because we couldn't wait and then leaves for four days until he signs it. Could have signed it in D.C. but chooses to spend tax payer money to go to Phoenix and continue his campaign. He made a big presentation about not having lobbyists in his administration, yet at last count he has 14 lobbyists in his administration. He promised new faces , not the same old politicians from Washington in his administration, yet the majority of his key people are from the Clinton years, and to top it off Hillary is Secretary of State. Again not doing what he said he would. He elects a treasury secretary who doesn't pay his taxes until he is nominated. Then he appoints Daschle who has to withdraw for the same reason. Lack of judgement? Can you imagine what the press and Dem's would say if Bush did this? He promised a tax break for anyone making under 200,000 but the stimulus has a 13 dollar a week cut for those under 70,000. Another lie. He promised bi-partisanship but other than a super bowl party for appearances has not shown any. I won , I won. If this president was any other president he would be dragged over the coals by the press for his misleads, dishonesty and just plain lack of substance. The press has so much invested in this guy will they ever judge him like they would any other president?
Monday, February 16, 2009
The Democrats promised that the stimulus bill would be posted on line for 48 hours before it was signed for all of America to see. Where is it ? The president said he would sign it Tuesday. What are they trying to hide? The president has been preaching doom and gloom for weeks now if they didn't pass a stimulus right away. But instead of signing it he leaves town and is waiting until Tuesday. Is anyone else getting tired of the double talk? Once again Democrats preach trans parity and change and then give none of either.
Friday, February 13, 2009
The democrats claim to be for the working men and women of this country. If this is true then why is it the Republicans are the ones fighting to keep the E-verify program in the stimulus bill. The Dem's voted for it originally but now that the bill has gone to committee they are taking it out. This is shameful on the part of the Democrats who claim to be for the working people of this country. The E-Verify program checks the background to see if the person applying for a job is an illegal alien. It is one of the few programs that actually works. The only reason it may stay in the bill is that a news channel and Republicans are starting to make an issue of it. The reason the Dem's want the program to end is so they can legalize all the illegals so they can vote (most likely Democratic). Just one more example of the Democrats telling us one thing and quietly doing the opposite.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
President Obama promised a new era of bipartisanship. The conference between the House and Senate has not let one Republican in to participate in the process of bringing the stimulus bill together. This is an outrage. Once again Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reed show what partisans they are. This is not change ! My only hope is that every Republican in both houses vote against this package. Let the Democrats own it completely. This is what America voted for? Anyone voting for these partisans should be ashamed !!!
Monday, February 9, 2009
As Obama runs around the country trying to convince people his stimulus bill will work , all the new polls show support for the stimulus in its current form is falling fast. The American people aren't the suckers the Dem's hoped for. The people of this country know the difference between social engineering and a real stimulus program. Most people on both sides of the isle are for a stimulus but for something that will actually work. The president is in such a hurry to pass this bill that it should be obvious the bill is no good. If it was good he wouldn't have to put on the hard sell , it would sell itself. So slow down all you bureaucrats and think. Another week won't make any difference. Listen to the your voters who overwhelmingly are saying this bill is junk. After all you are supposed to represent all of us , not just promoting what you think America should look like.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Yet another example of a government body marching to socialism. Oregon is considering ( already tested in some vehicles) putting GPS units in every car to see how many miles they are driving. Then the driver pays per mile that the vehicle drives ( rate yet to be determined). If the driver goes into congested areas at busy times of the day they will pay a higher rate. This is ridiculous. First its not the governments business where you drive or how much you drive. Second , this will be a hay day for attorneys to use driving information on people involved in accidents, divorces etc.. This kind of intrusion on personal rights is a huge step to Socialism and the people of Oregon should revolt and vote out every politician that supports this idea.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
The news was showing England's snow storm the other day and how it shut down parts of the mass transit system and people couldn't drive to work. When we had our own snow storm a week ago if it were not for our SUV we wouldn't have gone anywhere. Our car couldn't get down the road. As we push people out of SUV's through tougher mileage standards and eventually under the new administration higher taxes on lower mileage vehicles it will have huge unintended consequences. What about half the country that deals with ice and snow every year. How much lost productivity and wages will we incur when people can't get to work because their vehicles can't deal with bad weather? It is a real concern. When I went out the day after the storm every little car was parked in the driveway. People not going to work , to the stores etc. We better be careful as they shape policy towards vehicles to just what the consequences will be. Tell me what you think!
Monday, February 2, 2009
Oil refining workers are threatening to strike. I just listened to a representative for the union who is obviously clueless. She said that worker wages only account for about three cents a gallon towards the price of gas. She said a strike would not raise gas prices at the pump. Wow, the problem with what she is saying is that the cost is only three cents a gallon if the refinery is running. If he workers strike the impact is huge. If you take supply off the market the price will rise quickly. I think we can expect a lot more of union boldness under Obama. His stance on unions will embolden them and raise the cost for goods and services all over the country. At a time when the economy is so fragile the last thing we need is higher gas prices. This just shows how the unions don't give a crap about anyone except their own pocketbooks.
I don't want the stimulus scrapped completely , just the entitlements. The Senate is forming a bipartisan group to work out a new stimulus bill. President Obama should come out and say what a bad piece of legislature the house put out. It may be embarrassing for Obama to criticize his own party but if he wants to show he really wants change then that is what he needs to do. The stimulus bill is nothing but a payoff to the groups that supported him during his election. I really urge everyone to call their local representatives and let them know that we expect a stimulas bill that will actually stimulate the economy.