Monday, November 30, 2009

Obama's Jobs Summit

This week President Obama will hold a "Jobs Summit" to prove that he cares about the 15 million unemployed in the United States. What a bunch of baloney. This will be a big Photo Op as Obama brings together the CEO's of Google, Comcast, Boeing, Disney, FedEX and labor leaders as well as economists that support his economic plan. Maybe he can get them all to wear white jackets like he did with the doctors that support his HealthScare Plan. There is one big problem with this picture. Small Business employs more than 70% of Americans. And, Small Business is scared to death of Obama and the Democrat Socialists that control Congress because a day does not go by that the Democrat Socialists don't propose a new tax, or regulations that will kill Small Business.

When Obama and the Democrat Socialist pushed through the $787 Billion SwindleUS Plan without even reading it, they promised us that unemployment would top out at 8%. THEY WERE WRONG. Many conservatives told Obama that the SwindleUS Plan would do little to bring about economic recovery and THEY WERE RIGHT. We now have official unemployment at 10.2% and growing; but the real unemployment rate if all are counted is well above 17%, the highest level of unemployment since the Great Depression. Holding a "Jobs Summit" to discuss all of this is really a waste of time unless and until Obama admits that his economic plan is a failure.

President Obama and the Democrat Socialists that control Congress are clearly the problem not the solution. They are so stuck in their left wing ideology that they simply will not apply supply side economics that has always worked any where, any place, it has been tried in the world. Instead, Obama clings to Keynesian economics that promotes high taxes and deficit government spending, which has failed every where, every place it has been implemented in the world. Socialism just does not work. The lessons of history demonstrate all of this time and again.

If Obama really wants to promote job creation and economic growth all he has to do is make the Bush Tax Cuts permanent, cut corporate income and capital gains taxes, cut unnecessary regulation and deal with frivolous lawsuits that are killing business. The government does not need to spend another dime. Government just needs to get out of the way and let the private sector grow the economy, which is the only way to make it happen. Obama will not do this because he is a Socialist. When challenged during the campaign by a liberal journalist who said to Obama that every time capital gains taxes are cut, the government actually generates more revenues; Obama acknowledged this fact; but then said that higher capital gains taxes should be enacted because it was more fair even if the government gets less revenues. As Forest Gump always said, Stupid is as Stupid Does and this comment by Obama was about as stupid as any I have ever heard from any politician. However, it shows that Obama's goal of redistribution of income is more important than jobs, economic growth, or the American people.

So this week there will be a "Jobs Summit" that will amount to nothing. President Obama is a Socialist. Unless there is a miraculous conversion by the hand of God, it is doubtful that Obama will see the light any time soon. Obama wants to grow government. Unemployed people need government support. This is all part of Obama's Socialist Scheme. Unfortunately, it will all lead to misery and a lower standard of living for the American people; but then Obama, who has never managed any private or public enterprise, lives in the White House on easy street.

Mr. President, if you want to learn how to make jobs, just call me for advice. I have been doing it for 30 years both working in corporate America and as a Small Businessman. As such, and because I have learned the lessons of history, I know that President Obama is leading us in the wrong direction. And, until Obama either changes direction or we change Obama, the United States will not experience economic recovery. It really is that simple.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

President Obama - Appeasement & Iran

President Obama is viewed as weak and ineffective by our enemies. Obama took three months or more to decide that he must listen to his generals and send more troops to Afghanistan, or face defeat in that country. It is doubtful that any of the facts changed from the time the military asked for 40,000 more troops to fight the war in Afghanistan month's ago; but President Obama, the Ditherer in Chief, just could not make the decision without talking it to death. Obama was a law professor and community organizer. It is one thing to be in the classroom or local community office talking, talking, talking about issues. It is quite another to be the President of the United States when lives are at stake.

Clearly, in the months that Obama has taken to finally make the decision to send more troops to Afghanistan that will be announced in the next few days, we have had some of the highest casualty days since the beginning of the war in Afghanistan eight years ago. When Bush was President the left wing media did the daily body count. Isn't it interesting that now that Obama is President, we don't hear much from the left wing media about soldier's deaths in Afghanistan or Iraq. I wonder why?

The lessons of history have taught us that when ever we have a weak President, aka Jimmy Carter, it is dangerous for our country. Obama extended a hand to the Iranians and they have responded by cutting it off. The Iranians recently announced that rather than stopping the development of nuclear weapons, they are going to build 10 more uranium enrichment facilities. Does anyone with a brain think this is happening because the Iranians view President Obama as a strong President? Obama just does not understand the realities of foreign policy. The best way to avoid war is for the United States to be strong. Obama's White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, said in response to this expansion of nuclear facilities, "Time is running out for Iran to address the international community's growing concerns about its nuclear program". Oh really!! Just what is Obama prepared to do to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons. And, how much time is too much time. This silly dance with Iran has been going on for 8 or more years. The Europeans have been taken for suckers in thinking that they could somehow negotiate with the Iranians. So now what?

Either we must be prepared to accept Iran as a nuclear power or take military action. It really is that simple. Meaningful sanctions are not likely to happen because of Russian and Chinese veto. So we have to go it alone and or join with the willing, if we want to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power. If the United States is not going to take military action, which under Obama is probable, then the next best thing is to arm the Israeli's with nuclear weapons and submarines to act as a deterrent. And, or we must make it clear to the Iranians that the US views the use of nuclear weapons by the Iranians against any nation in the world as an attack on the United States, requiring a full retaliatory response on Iran, much the same way President Kennedy announced during the Cuban Missile Crisis related to Soviet missiles fired from Cuba.

If we allow Iran to become a nuclear power, then we must form a ring of containment around that country. However, the Iranians are not the Soviet Russians. The notion of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) worked with the Soviet Union because though they were Communist Thugs, they were sane. The Iranians in power are Islamic fanatics, who believe in and welcome the concept of Armageddon. The Iranians believe that one of their revered martyrs will come back as their savior when the world ends. Hence, the notion that their country might be destroyed by nuclear attack is in keeping with their long term beliefs. As a result, the Iranians may see nuclear annihilation as inevitable, which makes dealing with them particularly problematic.

One thing is for sure, appeasement of the Iranians in power, that has gone on for years, is not working. Short of military action, we must do what we can to bring down the current Iranian government so that hopefully moderates will emerge that do not want to see the destruction of their country. The easiest way to make that happen is for President Obama to announce that any company from any country that does business with Iran either directly or indirectly is prohibited from doing business with the United States either directly or indirectly. This one act will make life miserable for the Iranian people, that depend on imports for daily living, so that hopefully they will rise up and depose the current regime. By taking this one action, the President can show that we will not be held hostage by the Russians or Chinese or any other country.

Unfortunately, President Obama is weak and ineffective. I doubt Obama has the guts to act unilaterally. Obama's weakness emboldens the Iranians and North Koreans. These are very dangerous times made even more dangerous by our young, inexperienced, weak and naive President. Hopefully, Obama will listen to some of the grown-up's around him. If Obama does not get tough with Iran now, it will lead to disaster later. Where is Ronald Reagan when we need him?

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Economic Growth Revised Down in 3rd Quarter

I wonder when President Obama will be on TV to tell us that the economy actually grew at 2.8% in the third quarter rather than the 3.5% that Obama and Vice President Biden advertised all over TV in October. Turns out the Commerce Department's new reading on gross domestic product wasn't quite what they told us it was at 3.5%. The main factors behind the downgrade were that consumers did not spend as much as previously thought, commercial construction was weaker and the nation's trade deficit is a drag on growth. Of course, what the Obama Administration will not admit is that their $780 Billion SwindleUS Plan has been a complete failure. As a result, we face the worst recession since the 1930's. And, unless we see continuous GDP growth of 3.0% or more an annual basis, we will not see the real 17% unemployment rate come down any time soon.

The Democrat Socialist controlled Congress talks daily of new taxes that will impact all Americans. It is impossible to achieve a solid economic recovery if taxes are raised. That is the reason many economists are now saying that we could see high unemployment for 5 years or more. Obama wants to create the European Socialist model for the United States. Along with that model comes high unemployment and a lower standard of living for all. Temporary fixes like Cash for Clunkers and or the $8,000 incentive to buy a home create momentary blips in the economy; but these give aways will not lead to sustained economic growth. It hasn't happened and it is not going to happen.

As a result of all of Obama's Socialist Schemes; HeathScare, CAP & TAX etc, the Anderson School of Business at UCLA is projecting annual GDP growth of 1.7% in 2010. As such, some economists believe that the unemployment rate will grow above 11% by the middle of 2010. This would not be surprising because at some point all the bail outs and SwindleUS money will have been spent. Obama and the Democrat Socialists that control Congress just do not see the connection between their actions and the loss of jobs. The only way to make them see that connection if for us to throw them out of office so that they personally experience job loss. The election in 2010 and 2012 may be among the two most important elections in American history. Get your check books ready. All elections are national. The National Freedom Forum will endorse candidates across the country committed to ending the fiscal insanity happening in Washington. When you see these Conservative candidates highlighted, you must send them money to take back our country. Get ready for 2010. Our time is coming.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Dubai World Defaults - Implications For The US

Dubai World, an arm of the Dubai government that invests in many mega projects, has defaulted on its $60 Billion debt. Dubai World has billions of dollars in payments due in the next few weeks that it cannot pay. The Dubai government has asked creditors to provide a "six month" standstill on repayments. Banks and other lenders around the world are impacted by this default. As a result, stock markets around the world fell, the dollar continues to fall in value and the price of gold is hitting record levels.

There are Americans, either in denial and or who suffer from a complete lack of understanding of economics or the financial history of nations that simply do not believe that the United States could be forced to default on its debt, which is over $12 Trillion on the books and probably another $80 Trillion of unfunded liabilities for Social Security, Medicare, Government Pensions and other programs. Those delusional or misinformed Americans include President Obama and the Democrat Socialists that control Congress who continue to act recklessly. The fact is that if investors, like the Chinese and others stop buying our debt because we lose our Triple AAA credit rating, which is coming as a result of huge deficits, the US will face difficult and painful choices.

The Obama trillion dollar deficits will result in some combination of the following the day we can no longer sell our debt. The government would have to either dramatically cut expenses, which are significantly more than revenues, raise taxes on all Americans, print money to cover the debt, and/or all of the above. Cutting expenses either means that many social or military programs will need to to be reduced or eliminated, which could lead to civil strife and or danger for our country. Significantly raising taxes will cause much higher unemployment and perhaps another Great Depression. Printing money will lead to the complete collapse of the dollar and very high inflation and interest rates and a lower standard of living for the American people.

President Obama and the Democrat Socialists, who control Congress are bankrupting the United States. It is impossible to continue the trillion dollar deficits that Obama is projecting for the next next ten years without bankruptcy as the end result. The HealthScare Plan will result in Trillions in even more deficits when Medicare and Social Security are already bankrupt. Dubai is defaulting on just $60 Billion in debt. We will see in the weeks ahead the consequences of this default. Just imagine if the United States defaulted on trillions of dollars in debt. By 2019, just the interest on the US Debt will exceed current spending on most government programs. I know Democrat Socialists don't do too well with the facts or with numbers; but in this case the writing is on the wall and it does not take sophisticated computer analysis to see it.

We must take back our country to prevent the economic collapse of the United States. We must amend the US Constitution to mandate term limits, a balanced budget and limitations on federal taxing authority without the approval of the states. We have to do this to stop the corruption and the fiscal insanity that we see daily happening in Washington at the hands of President Obama and the Democrat Socialists that control Congress. We must focus on the 2010 and 2012 elections to elect Conservatives to take back our country. We have to act to save our country for our children and grandchildren. We can do it. We will do it.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Iran - Building Nuclear Weapons

Iran has been masterful at playing games with the international community for years while it continues to develop nuclear weapons. When President Obama was elected, they saw another opportunity in a weak, naive, inexperienced American President who wants to "negotiate" and or talk with them as though this has not already been happening for years. Obama thinks that a great speech and a smile is all it takes to charm our adversaries into submission. Extending a hand to radical Islamists, that support Terrorism, will only insure that eventually that hand will be cut off. Obama needs to be loved by all around the world. It probably stems from Obama's childhood when his parents abandoned him to the care of this grandparents; just a bit of psycho analysis. That would all be OK except that when the President of the United States is naive, it is dangerous to our country.

In many ways, President Kennedy caused the Cuban Missile Crisis. When Kennedy met with Nikita Khruschev in 1961, Khruschev saw Kennedy as inexperienced and weak. What followed was the Cuban Missile Crisis as Khruschev believed that Kennedy would blink. Fortunately, Kennedy was up to the task and the rest is history. It is no coincidence that the hostages in Iran were released moments after Ronald Reagan was sworn in as President. After being elected in November, Reagan signaled that if the hostages were not released, that the United States would invade Iran and depose the Ayatollah. Reagan was a tough guy when he needed to be with complete credibility; hence the hostage release which Carter, a weak and incompetent President, fumbled for more than a year, happened within minutes of Reagan putting his hand on that bible to become the President of the United States. Richard Nixon used to say that the rest of the world needed to think that the President was just crazy enough to press the nuclear button, if needed, to insure that the button would never need to be pressed.

What Nixon was really saying is that the President of the United States does not need to be loved around the world; but rather respected. Unfortunately, President Obama, who thinks he is a rock star, does not understand the distinction. Thus far, Obama has given away the store without receiving anything in exchange. Obama eliminated the missile defense system that was supposed to go into Poland and the Czech Republic, because it irritated the Russians, without getting anything in return from the Russians and Chinese who are supplying Iran. Obama is unilaterally cutting back our nuclear arsenal at a time when Iran and Korea are developing nuclear weapons and the capability to deliver them.

The reality is that if Western Countries do not act forcefully and soon, Iran will be a nuclear power within a few years and then it will be too late. It is highly doubtful that Israel will allow that to happen and/or they either have or will quickly develop nuclear weapons themselves as a deterrent. More likely, Israel is planning to attack Iran and destroy their nuclear facilities. If this happens, we will see a world crisis as the Middle East explodes. President Obama has not learned the lessons of history. If Hitler had been stopped much earlier instead of appeased, the horrors of World War II, at least in Europe, could have been avoided. President Obama has demonstrated that he is a weak President. Obama is loved around the world; but not respected, because many other countries want to see a United States that is a second rate power. It really is that simple.

The West either has to deal with Iran to stop their development of nuclear weapons, or prepare for the consequences. Iran is attempting to establish hegemony over the Middle East much the same way the Persians did when they dominated the Middle East before being conquered by Alexander the Great. The Iranians are not Arabs. They are Shia Moslem's, while most Arabs are Sunni Moslem's; sort of like the difference between being Catholic or Protestant. These Moslem religious sects are very hostile toward each other. If Iran is allowed to develop nuclear weapons, the Saudi's will be next because they will be just as threatened by Iran as the Israeli's. In fact, though the Saudi's will never say it, they would be very grateful if Israel acts to destroy Iran's nuclear facilities. We cannot allow Iran to establish hegemony over the region for one simple reason, OIL. For better or worse, Oil coming from the Middle East is critical to Western nations. This is true especially since Obama and the Democrat Socialists that control Congress will not allow the proper development of current energy sources in the United States.

In any case, President Obama is naive and inexperienced, which is very dangerous. Obama clearly does not understand the history of this region. Nor does Obama understand that the only way to stop the Iranians from developing nuclear weapons is to end the talks immediately and take forceful action. Sanctions will not work unless the Russians and Chinese agree to them, which at the moment is highly unlikely because Obama has not made it clear that it is either sanctions or military action. This is the only way to get the job done. It is either act now or face more serious consequences later. This is the lesson of history.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Global Warming Hoax - Global Cooling?

Next month, President Obama will journey to Copenhagen once again, only this time instead of pitching for the Olympics in Chicago, Obama will be going there to participate in a Global Warming Conference on climate. The original goal for this meeting was to replace the Kyoto Protocol Treaty drawn up in 1997 to deal with Global Warming, which was never ratified by the United States. In the mean time to make this soap opera even more interesting, hackers broke into the computers of the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia in Great Britain, which is tied to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It turns out that these scientists have been manipulating the numbers to make the case for Global Warming. Apparently, the world has actually experienced Global Cooling since the 1960's.

In one of these e-mails, one of the scientists that manipulated the numbers said, "We can't account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can't." Another climate Scientist wrote " I've just completed Mike's nature (the Science Journal) trick of adding in the real temps to face each series for the last 20 years (from 1981 onwards) and from 1961 for Keith's to hide the decline". This is criminal since politicians like President Obama and the Democrat Socialists that control the US Congress are basing their drive to pass CAP & TAX on fallacious information. Keep in mind there are scientists that have been challenging the premise of Global Warming for years; but they have been pushed aside because their analysis has not been politically correct.

Whether there is Global Warming or not, the United States needs a common sense energy policy to make our nation energy independent. It is really a national security issue. We need to expand use of current energy sources, nuclear, oil and natural gas from our own country and clean coal as a bridge to the future. All of this can be done with proper safety and environmental standards. It is fine for the government to help finance research on Geo Thermal, Solar and Wind; but those technologies are 20 - 50 years away. In the mean time, passing CAP & TAX and/or agreeing to some crazy new carbon use rules in Copenhagen will cause more job loss in the United States and in general result in a lower standard of living for the American people. We must stand up and JUST SAY NO and if they don't listen, we have to throw the bums out of office.

Now we see the truth, Global Warming may actually be Global Cooling. So I guess that is the reason the polar bears have apparently increased in numbers. The polar bears have not been eating the baloney being fed to us. And, I know from personal experience that carbon emissions in the United States have been seriously reduced since I was a child growing up in the suburbs of Los Angeles. In the bad old days, before catalytic converters on cars, smog was so bad in Los Angeles that on some days we could not see the mountains a mile away. Those days are long gone. And, since old smoke stack industries in the United States are pretty much gone, just where are all the carbon emissions, anyway. I travel the world and the places I see major carbon pollution are in third world countries like India and China, where they do not have the environmental regulations that we have had in place for years.

CAP & TAX is just another excuse for the government to levy more taxes on the American people to redistribute income. CAP & TAX is another Obama big government Socialist scheme and intrusion into our lives that we learn now does not even have a basis in science. By the way, environmentalist former Vice President Al Gore is making hundreds of millions of dollars milking this scheme for all it is worth. Gore's company was given a $500 million loan by the federal government to make electric sports cars in a Scandinavian country. Are the Democrat Socialists that control Congress stupid or crazy? It must be one or the other. Do we really need another car company funded at tax payer expense while other car companies owned by the government have filed for bankruptcy. This is truly fiscal insanity.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving in 2009 with all of its meaning and historical significance, we know that we must take back our country. The Democrat Socialists in control of our government continue to prove that they irresponsible and reckless. They are leading our country toward bankruptcy. Any enemy could not do to our nation worse than the harm being done right now in Washington by these Democrat Socialist elected representatives. Get your check books ready to support Conservative candidates in 2o10 to take back the Congress. We can do it. We have to do it to save our country for our children and grandchildren.

P.S. Happy Thanksgiving and while giving thanks to God for our blessings, please say a prayer for our soldiers fighting to defend our freedoms overseas.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Democrat Socialists - Taxes, Taxes, Taxes

A day does not go by that we don't hear of a new federal personal or corporate income tax proposed by Democrat Socialists in Congress. In addition to all the new taxes in both the House and Senate versions of Obama's HealthScare and CAP & TAX Plans, Obama and the Democrat Socialists that control Congress are proposing the elimination of the Bush Tax Cuts that will expire at the end of 2010 and now an additional 1-5% federal income tax surcharge to fund the war in Afghanistan and a 1.5% tax on all stock transactions. If the Bush Tax cuts are allowed to expire, we will see the largest increase in federal income taxes in American history. If all these taxes are enacted, combined federal and state income tax rates will be well above 60% in 35 or more states. In addition, HealthScare will require states to raise taxes to fund their share of all the additional Medicaid payments that are a requirement of the Obama/Pelosi/Reid HeathScare Plan, or to cut spending on other vital programs like education, police and fire protection.

Democrat Socialists are suffering from fiscal insanity. These Democrat Socialists are going to kill the goose that laid the golden egg; namely the private sector that is essential to any real economic growth, recovery and job creation. All of these new income taxes will cause another Great Depression. At the same time, Obama will have spent $3.5 Trillion in just his first year in office, more than any other President in American history. Since the government only takes in a bit more than one trillion in revenues each year; obviously the deficit is huge and unsustainable. But let's talk about federal income taxes and fairness. 46.9% of wage earners pay no federal income taxes at all. 53.1% of wage earners pay just 12.7% of federal income taxes. And, just 1.8% of wage earners pay 40.4% of all federal income taxes paid each year. So when Democrat Socialists say that the "rich", which is mostly small businessmen and women, do not pay their fair share, it just makes my blood boil.

The fact is that we have a progressive income tax gone wild. The majority of wage earners in the United States pay nothing or very little. The most productive people in America, who make jobs for all the others, pay nearly all of the federal income taxes in the United States. Raising taxes on the most productive people in America will insure more lay offs. Are these Democrat Socialists stupid or just plain crazy? It has to be one or the other. Or, Democract Socialists are determined to destroy our country. What other explanations can there be?

And, on the corporate side, US corporate federal income taxes at 35% are among the highest in the world. Ireland is at 12. 5%. Hong Kong is at 17%. Germany and China are at around 20%. In addition to the cost of labor and frivolous litigation and regulation, this is the reason jobs are being moved overseas. As usual, government is the problem not the solution. Why on earth do Democrat Socialists begrudge corporations their typical 8 - 10% pre-tax profits, if they are lucky, including insurance companies, when about 40% or more of their profits are paid to federal and state governments in corporate income taxes. In fact, Democrat Socialists should be thrilled when corporations are profitable since a good share of the profits ultimately go to government in taxes; kind of like in Communist countries.

I hate to confuse Democrat Socialists with the facts because they don't do well with numbers and or they are just plain liars when it comes to so many issues; but raising taxes during a severe recession is about THE dumbest thing any politician can propose. These Democrat Socialists are professional politicians that have never had to make payroll. They don't have a clue about job creation or running a business. Obama's economic plan is a complete failure and given his complete lack of experience and Socialist ideology, no wonder.

We will not see job creation until we see tax cuts, less regulation and limits on frivolous lawsuits. And, we will not see the stabilization of our financial system until all the Trillions of dollars in deficit spending ends. The Chinese get it. They are pulling away from our dollar and investing in commodities and buying companies because they have little faith in the Democrat Socialists running our government. US Deficit spending is the reason our dollar is collapsing. Chinese officials lectured Obama during his recent trip to Asia and told him that he is bankrupting the United States. Of course, Obama does not speak Chinese, or more important the language of common sense.

We have got to take back our country. It will start with the elections of 2010 and 2012 when we need to elect Conservatives; but we also need to enact three constitutional amendments; Congressional term limits to deal with the corruption that is evident, a balanced budget amendment and a limitation on federal spending and tax increases unless approved by a majority of the states. It is very clear that we need more checks and balances to protect us from incompetent, reckless, irresponsible politicians that are bankrupting the United States. We can do it. We have to do it to save our country for our children and grandchildren.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Sarah Palin - Going Rogue

The left wing media and Democrat Socialists hate Sarah Palin, the reason for their smear campaign since the day she came on to the national scene. Left wing Socialists also hated Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon and George W Bush. In particular, they hate Sarah Palin because she is a Ronald Reagan Conservative Republican that speaks with complete clarity on the issues. And, in fact, Sarah Palin is the only Republican today that mirrors Ronald Reagan's Conservative political ideology and charisma and that scares the hell out of Democrat Socialists, the left wing media and the Republican establishment composed of old white men. By the way, Democrat Socialists are now calling themselves Progressives to avoid the word Socialists or liberal. Let there be no doubt, they are Socialists not Progressives, a term used to describe President Theodore Roosevelt.

All the things the Socialists are saying about Sarah Palin, that she is shallow, dumb, dim witted etc, etc., the left wing media and Democrat Socialists said about Ronald Reagan; yet he went on to win the Presidency in two landslide victories and be one of the most successful Presidents in American history. Reagan changed America and the world for the better and gave us 25 years of prosperity that out lived his Presidency. As a student and teacher of American History and Government, I know that the more the left wing media and Democrat Socialists attempt to paint Sarah Palin as an empty headed bimbo, out of their fear of her, the more popular she will become. Palin sold 300,000 copies of her book in the first week it was released. People are lining up to shake her hand. Palin can thank the left wing media and Democrat Socialists for her success because in there attempt to diminish her stature, they make her a folk hero.

The fact is that Democrat Socialists and establishment Republicans fear Sarah Palin. This woman is proving during her book tour and numerous appearances on news talk shows that she is actually very bright and knowledgeable about the issues. It is unfortunate that John McCain, who ran a lousy presidential campaign and was a horribly flawed candidate, did not allow Sarah to be Sarah. McCain probably would have lost anyway because he was such a poor candidate and was supported begrudgingly by the base of the Republican Party; but at least we would have seen the Sarah we are seeing now that she has gone rogue. Without a doubt, Sarah Palin would have made a better President than either McCain or Obama.

Sarah Palin, like Ronald Reagan, is an outsider. Palin is a common sense mom, who has successfully served in government; but has not been changed by it. Palin did not attend Ivy League schools and is not part of either the Eastern or Republican establishment. All of these facts are what make her so attractive to many people. When I hear Palin speak, I hear and see Ronald Reagan who was also under estimated by many. Yet, Reagan was a very successful two term California Governor (when California was rich and growing) and President. Reagan had Conservative convictions that were unshakable. Palin has those same convictions. The difference is that Sarah Palin is in her late 40's rather than Reagan's late 60's when he entered the national stage. This just means that Sarah Palin has plenty of time to hone her political skills, which are already pretty effective.

Sarah Palin can and may just pull together the old Reagan majority; of Conservative Republicans, Blue Dog and Blue Collar Democrats and Independents. Until someone else emerges, Sarah Palin may be the only Republican with the clear Conservative ideas, vision and the charisma necessary to wage and win a national campaign. One thing is for sure, Sarah Palin is going to be a force in American politics for many years to come. Sarah Palin will become even more credible as Obama makes a mess of the United States and she becomes a bit older with a wrinkle or two. For better or worse, a woman that is too attractive is often discounted as a serious manager.

Obama's Democrat Socialist schemes and weakness in dealing with our adversaries will lead to a lower standard of living for the American people and additional challenges overseas. As that happens, Sarah Palin is positioned to be the Ronald Reagan of the next decade. Sarah Palin connects with the average Joe, soccer mom's and family values voters all necessary to winning elections. Palin can also bring in Independents. Anyone who under estimates Sarah Palin has not learned the lessons of history. Watching Sarah Palin succeed in American Politics in the next several years will be both interesting and fun. You go Girl.

P.S. Obama continues to fall in the polls. Only 46% of Americans now approve of Obama's job performance. The bloom is off the rose. A nice smile only goes so far when real unemployment is over 17%.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Manhattan Declaration and Christian Conscience

In October, 2009, 152 Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Evangelical Christian leaders from all over the United States gathered to draft the Manhattan Declaration as a statement of Christian Conscience. These leaders stood up and JUST SAID NO to the left wing media and Democrat Socialist politicians that do not acknowledge Judeo-Christian values as the foundation of American society and law. Most important, these brave Christian Leaders in professing their Christian faith have stood up to defend the Sanctity of Life, the Dignity of Marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife and the Rights of Conscience and Religious Liberty. Thus far 16,802 people have also signed the Declaration. To read the Declaration in its entirety for yourself and sign on to profess your Christian faith, just go to

The Manhattan Declaration is necessary because Christians have been under attack by secular left wing Socialists and a variety of politically correct interest groups in the United States for years as they attempt to re-write history denying that Judeo-Christian teachings are the foundation of our nation. While we are not a Christian nation because all religions and even atheists are welcome in the United States, it is absolutely true that our founding fathers were all bible reading Christians and that God, as professed in the Christian faith, played an important role in their lives and the beliefs they exhibited in the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. These same left wing Socialists and secular activists have attempted to brand Christian teachings in support of life and marriage as "hate speech", which is just plain absurd and dangerous to religious liberty.

In recent years, I am pleased to report that the Catholic Church as been more vocal in its support of life and traditional marriage, which are core beliefs. Catholic Bishops have taken the lead in the HealthScare debate, lobbying the very few anti-abortion Democrats in Congress and Catholics in Congress to make sure that abortion is not federally funded with tax payer monies, as part of the HeathScare Plan. So far, the Bishops were successful in the House version of HealthScare; but not as successful to date in the Senate version. More work and pressure needs to be applied now that the HealthScare debate is going forward in the Senate.

And, going one step further, Catholic Bishops in various states have advised supposedly Catholic politicians that they will not be served Holy Communion in a Catholic Church if they support abortion. The latest to be notified of his hypocrisy was Congressman Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island, son of Ted Kennedy. It is impossible and inconsistent for a politician to be both Catholic and pro-abortion since the Catholic Church and many other Christian denominations see abortion as the murder of innocent babies. And, to be clear, the Death Panels that do exist in both the House and Senate versions of HealthScare will lead to Euthanasia, which is also opposed by the Catholic Church. Ultimately, the issue of life and death is in God's hands not some federal bureaucrat deciding that someone is too old to receive life saving health care. If you attend a Christian Church that supports life and the sanctity of marriage and your local Congressman or Senator attends that church and he or she does not support life in particular, you should stand up and tell them that evil is not welcome at your church. These politicians can't have it both ways. There are liberal Christian denominations that accept this evil and these politicians should therefore seek them out rather than remain in a denomination that opposes abortion as a core belief.

The Manhattan Declaration is a statement of Christian conscious and values. Christian leaders are saying that the issues of life and traditional marriage are so important that if necessary civil disobedience is justified to fight for these values. For example, Doctors and health care workers that are opposed to abortion should never be forced to perform this evil procedure. And, if forced to do so, they should be prepared to lose their jobs and or go to jail rather than murder innocent babies. Those in control of buying health insurance for their companies can request that elective abortion be excluded from the group policies at company expense.

We are a crossroad in the culture war. We do need to take back our country to stop the fiscal insanity. But we also need to take back our country to stop the moral insanity. Planned Parenthood, which runs abortion mills all over the country and the National Organization of Women, which represents radical, Democrat Socialist women not women in the mainstream, continue to fight for unrestricted abortion. Supposedly Catholic and Christian politicians must be confronted and feel the heat if they vote to support abortion. There is no better way to do that than to deny them Holy Communion if life and religious ceremonies in death. More than 20 million babies have been murdered since Roe V. Wade became the law of the land in 1971. This is a crime against humanity. Thankfully, the majority of Americans, who have seen the fully formed baby in the womb by ultra sound pictures, are now opposed to abortion and particularly partial birth abortion, which is the most evil practice ever performed in human history. The Manhattan Declaration marks a turning point for Christians. It says very clearly that Christian faith is non-negotiable and that we will fight for our beliefs no matter what the consequences. It also says that we will work to elect Conservatives that share our beliefs in order to bring moral clarity and common sense back to our country.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

HealthScare - One Step Closer and Lawsuits

Senator Harry Reid, the Democrat Socialist Majority Leader of the US Senate was successful in pushing the Obama/Reid version of the HealthScare Plan one step closer to passage. The Senate voted 60 to 39 to continue the debate on the bill. All 58 Democrats and 2 Independents voted to go forward with debate on the Reid bill, while all 39 Republicans voted against moving forward with this particular legislation. Obviously, there is no bi-partisan agreement on HealthScare. The be clear, Republicans are not opposed to health care reform and have proposed many common sense reforms to get there; but the President and the Democrat Socialist controlled Congress are intent on building another huge government entitlement program, which will lead to the bankruptcy of the United States.

All should understand that the Obama's HealthScare Plan has nothing to do with health care reform, particularly since there is not one word in the 2000 plus pages of the law that deals with malpractice reform. Obama's HealthScare Plan, as passed in the House and under discussion in the Senate, is about redistribution of income, rationing of health care, the unionization of health care and government control of our lives. Current and future Senior Citizens will be paying to insure those that do not have insurance today as about $500 billion will be cut from Medicare. 85% of Americans that currently have insurance will pay higher premiums and taxes of one sort or another to insure the 30 million people who will receive this new entitlement. There is no free ride. If someone gets something for free, then others will be paying the bill. It really is that simple.

And, if HealthScare is enacted, all can be sure that there will be lawsuits challenging the Constitutionality of the law. Democrat Socialists, in passing HealthScare, are hanging their hats on the "general welfare" clause in the US Constitution, which they believe gives them the right to control our lives in many ways and/or to mandate health care. They will argue that this mandate, under penalty of fines and jail, is no different than requiring all who drive cars to have insurance. There is one big difference. The insurance required by law to drive a car must cover the other guy; not necessarily the driver. The state has a legitimate interest in making sure that if someone is injured and/or if there is property damage as a result of an individual driver's actions that society is protected. In this case, requiring people to buy health insurance to cover themselves or families that don't want it becomes an interesting Constitutional issue since there is no provision in the US Constitution that would allow this to happen.

We face the most dangerous times in the United States since the Civil War and World War II. This danger is not coming from an external enemy; though that danger does exist, it is instead coming from the Democrat Socialists who currently control the federal government. President Obama and the Democrat Socialist that control Congress support bigger government, higher taxes and more regulations and intrusion into our lives. Democrat Socialists do not support Free Market Capitalism; but instead advocate the redistribution of income under the banner of "social justice". The real danger we face is a loss of our freedoms. We just can't let the Democrat Socialists succeed in imposing their Socialist Schemes on the United States. We must focus on elections in all states in 2010. We must take back the Congress, State Houses and Legislatures and eventually the Presidency in 2012 to stop the fiscal insanity that is occurring in Washington and many states. We have a hard fight ahead of us because the Democrat Socialists and their big union supporters will not give up power willingly; but it a fight we must wage and win for our children and grandchildren. Our soldiers are fighting for us overseas. We must fight for our country at home to make sure that the freedoms derived by our Founding Fathers remain the foundation of our nation.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Senator Harry Reid - The Epicenter of the Fight

Senator Harry Reid, the Democrat Socialist leader of the US Senate, from Searchlight, Nevada is at the epicenter of the fight to save our country in 2010. Reid is a major target of the Tea Party Movement in Nevada. Senator Reid is pushing through all of Obama's Socialist Schemes. Reid's version of HealthScare is more than 2,000 pages long. It will raise taxes by $500 billion, cut Medicare services to seniors by $500 Billion, result in a dramatic increase in insurance premiums for the 85% of people who already have insurance and only provide insurance for an additional 9% of the people. Most important, the cost is not the $894 billion Reid is bragging about; but instead when fully loaded and all the gimmicks are removed, the cost will be $2.5 Trillion, which will lead to the bankruptcy of the United States. The Reid/Obama HealthScare Plan does little to control health care costs and does not deal at all with medical malpractice lawsuits because the trial attorneys are big contributors to Democrat Socialists like Senator Harry Reid and President Obama. Surprise, surprise.

The Reid/Obama HealthScare Plan contains a public option and the potential for tax payer monies being used to fund elective abortions again both through a series of gimmicks. If this legislation is passed, 22 million senior citizens will lose their Medicare Advantage HMO's, including my Mom. By the way, it was recently reported that AARP received $18 million in federal SwindleUS Plan monies. And, of course, AARP, which is really just an insurance company in Association clothing purporting to represent the interests of senior citizens, will benefit greatly from commissions earned on Medigap insurance policies that will be necessary once seniors lose their Medicare Advantage HMO's. Clearly, this is a case of "Whose Bread you eat, Whose song you sing." AARP is fat and happy because Obama has paid them off plain and simple.

While Senator Harry Reid pushes for Obama's Socialist schemes in Washington DC, the economic situation in Nevada, the state he is supposed to represent becomes more bleak. Remember, it was President Obama who scolded American business for holding conventions in Las Vegas and as a result $400 million in convention business was immediately cancelled. Of course, if Obama had ever worked in business, he would know that the reason Las Vegas is often chosen for conventions is that it is one of the least expensive hotel venues in the country; but that is another story. And, Senator Harry Reid and his environmental wacho friends succeeded in closing down Yucca Mountain, 100 miles from Las Vegas, that was supposed to be the nation's nuclear materials repository. No doubt, these actions and this loss of business for Nevada cost the state thousands of jobs, which is the reason Nevada has among the highest unemployment rates in the country, officially at 13%; but much higher if all are counted that have either stopped looking for jobs and/or who are under employed. And, the foreclosure crisis in Nevada is particularly bad. Nearly, one in four, or 23% of homeowners are behind in their mortgage payments and/or are in the foreclosure process. Senator Harry Reid, who has been missing in action, just does not understand, that is about JOBS, Stupid; not all the other Socialist schemes that are his and Obama's focus.

While President Obama is a clear and present danger to the people of the United States; Senator Harry Reid is a clear and present danger to the people of Nevada. As Reid pushes for all of Obama's Socialist Schemes like HealthScare and CAP & TAX, that are job killer bills, Reid is as much responsible for Obama's SwindleUS Plan and failed economic policy as anyone, as people in Nevada are losing their homes. Senator Harry Reid is up for re-election in 2010. Reid's approval rating in Nevada is below 30%. Polls indicate that any one of several good Republican candidates would beat Reid if the election were held today. Of course, Senator Reid will have Acorn and SEIU union support and more than $20 million dollars to spend on his campaign; but I doubt it will save him. Senator Harry Reid may be the most hated man in Nevada today. In 2010, Senator Harry Reid will be at the epicenter of the fight to take back our country. Be assured, those of us who live in Nevada are ready for November, 2010 as we send Harry Reid back to a peaceful retirement in Searchlight, Nevada. In doing so, we will send a message to President Obama that we are also working to make him a one term President.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Closing Guantanamo Bay Prison - Why?

For reasons that make no sense, President Obama and his Democrat Socialist supporters are obsessed with closing Guantanamo Bay Prison, in Cuba, which was set up to hold captured war combatants and foreign Terrorists. The questions is why? A prison by any other name is still a prison if owned by the United States. It is true that if these Islamic Terrorists were in prison in most Islamic countries in the world, they would be in an unbelievable hell hole and/or they would have been executed long ago for their crimes and terrorist acts. In fact, Guantanamo Bay Prison is a Caribbean Resort compared to the prisons in many other countries. Guantanamo Bay is even much nicer than many older prisons in the US.

President Obama believes that Guantanamo is cruel and usual punishment. What a bunch of baloney! Obama must be referring to four months of humidity and bugs just like in Florida because otherwise, Guantanamo sits on a Caribbean island, that is a whole lot nicer than prisons in freezing and dreary winters in Michigan or Illinois. Obama sees Guanatanomo as torture so much so that he wants the US to spend hundreds of millions of dollars, which we will have to borrow from the Chinese, buying or building a maximum security prison in the US to hold Terrorists. Current prisons in the US in Michigan, Illinois and other states are under review to house these Terrorists. Obama promised to close Guantanamo by next January, which is not going to happen. Apparently, it is a lot harder being President that talking about it during a campaign. In any case, I just can't see what point there is in moving these Terrorists from one American prison, that happens to be off shore, to another American prison in the continental United States. This is just an emotional reaction by an inexperienced President that serves no purpose.

Ah, but Obama and the Democrat Socialists have an ulterior motive. Once these foreign Terrorists touch American soil, they will have all the rights of an American citizen, which will require that they be tried in federal courts rather than by Military Tribunals. Let's face it, this is about President Obama and Attorney General Holder being soft on Terrorists and nothing more. Democrat Socialists in general are soft on crime unless of course, it is an officially designated "hate crime" as though the murder of anyone is not a hate crime.

Putting the Terrorists responsible for 9/11 on trial in federal court in New York City is ridiculous. This will turn into a show trial and circus that will cost New York state and city and or the federal government, all of which are bankrupt, tens of millions of dollars for security. Foreign Terrorists captured in a war zone are enemy combatants that should be tried by a Military Tribunal. This is just common sense. To do otherwise is a threat to our national security. These Terrorists should remain in Guantanamo until their day in military court arrives. When oh when is President Obama going to realize that he is the Commander in Chief responsible for the security of the United States, not the rights of Terrorists or the people of other nations. We have to take back our country in the elections of 2010 and 2012. Obama is a clear and present danger to the people of the United States. This Socialist President is reckless and irresponsible. Every day Obama is in office, the danger to our nation on all fronts becomes more clear.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Democrat Socialists - Numbers Don't Add Up

President Obama is dismayed that the economy is worse than "anyone" thought. Obviously, Obama has not been reading my postings and/or information provided by many economists who have been saying for months that the Federal SwindleUS Plan would not bring about economic recovery. Mr. President, we all know that you suffer from narcism; but perhaps you need to stop listening to yourself long enough to hear what others are saying about the economy. Things are very bad and they are not getting any better as companies are still laying off employees because of Obama's naive and misguided policies.

Now we hear that the jobs the Obama Administration has claimed to create or save just aren't there. The numbers Obama is reporting, which are funny numbers anyway, are bogus. Well surprise, surprise. Obama claimed that if the SwindleUS Plan was passed that unemployment would cap out at 8%. Official unemployment is now at 10.2%; though the number is really above 17% when all are counted. Clearly, President Obama, who has never managed any private or public enterprise, got that one very wrong. Now the President says reporting on jobs is an "inexact science". When called on it by Fox News, Obama said it was a "side issue".

Mr. President, nearly 16 million Americans have lost their jobs; many millions since Obama was elected. I doubt very much that these numbers represent a "side issue" to people struggling to support their families. Why is it that Democrat Socialists don't do too well with numbers. I suspect the reason is that numbers eventually tell the real story. As Abraham Lincoln once said, "You can fool some of the people some of the time; but you can't fool all of the people all of the time". Obama can only get so far with that nice smile and meaningless speeches. The President can run and he can hide; but eventually numbers surface that even the left wing liberal media can't deny.

Down at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, the Congress led by Democrat Socialist Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are now playing games with HealthScare numbers. The House plan will supposedly cost $1.2 Trillion. Reid's Senate Plan will cost $849 Billion. What a deal for taxpayers. Neither plan has dealt with the $250 Billion they want to pay doctors who are refusing to take Medicare patients now because government payments are so low. Now let's all get this straight. If HealthScare is enacted, we are all going to get more health care benefits. 31 million more people will receive government supported health insurance. At the same time, the deficit is supposed to go down by $100 Billion or more as a result of HealthScare. And these Democrat Socialists want us to believe that our cost is going to go down rather than up. Do they think the American people are stupid? Of course, those that understand the numbers are telling us that our premiums will go up substantially. Either version of HealthScare contains billions in new taxes and mandates. There will absolutely be rationing of medical care. Medicare will be cut by $500 Billion, which means that 22 million seniors will lose their Medicare Advantage HMO's. That is the real story.

What is wrong with this picture? Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the Post Office, the FDIC, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are all bankrupt; yet our Democrat Socialist elected representatives expect us to believe their numbers. Medicare cost nine times the amount originally projected by the Congressional Budget Office in 1965. So, I am taking my lead from the banker to the United States; the Chinese. The Chinese government has lectured President Obama to forget about HealthScare because it will bankrupt the United States. The Chinese are concerned about that $700 Billion in US Treasury Bills that they hold because they fear that the US will default on those bonds. Since the Chinese are pretty darn smart when it comes to numbers and money, we really need to pay attention to them because Democrat Socialists that control our government are the most reckless, irresponsible bunch of politicians ever to serve in government in American history. Democrat Socialists just do not understand numbers. That should be obvious by now.

The Chinese gave Obama a dose of reality therapy during his recent trip. Now Obama claims that he is concerned about "red ink" because it could cause a "double dip recession". Mr. President, actions speak much louder than words. The Obama Administration and the Democrat Socialist controlled Congress are bankrupting the United States. The economic recovery is not happening because of Obama's Socialist Schemes. It really is that simple.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Global Warming Treaty & Copenhagen

Next month, 192 countries will come together in Copenhagen, Denmark to discuss a legally binding global climate treaty. You can bet that though President Obama did not go to Berlin to celebrate the end of Communism, Obama will go to Copenhagen to push for this climate treaty. The good news is that world leaders already acknowledge that there will be no treaty coming out of this conference. United Nations efforts to replace the Kyoto Treaty that expires in 2012 will not happen because politicians from various countries realize it would be the kiss of death during the deepest economic recession since the Great Depression. Developed nations are reluctant to limit domestic greenhouse gas emissions for fear of harming their already slumping economies. Western countries are also resisting subsidizing poorer nations. The best part of this story is that countries like China and India refuse to adopt restrictions unless wealthier nations like the US compensate them for their cost.

Is that laughable, or what? The United States cannot fund its federal annual operating expenses without borrowing trillions of dollars from rich countries like China and China wants the US to pay for their badly needed environmental restrictions. Go figure. What is frightening is that Obama might just do it. Clearly, we live in a world turned upside down by politicians like President Obama and the Democrat Socialists that control Congress who want to pass CAP & TAX in the United States, which other countries simply will not do. Fortunately, most Western countries have determined that passing similar laws, which China and India refuse to do, would amount to economic suicide. The proposed 20% greenhouse gas emission reduction by 2020 would mean the US returning to 1977 emission levels even though our economy is much bigger today. That standard would "radically change both the US economy and our personal lives" according to the National Center for Policy Analysis, a non profit organization of energy and environmental policy experts and scientists. To put it simply, it is just plain crazy.

I have been to both China and India and the pollution in those countries is indescribable. The suffocating smog is cities like Beijing is so thick that the air is brown most times of the day. In addition, there are two India's. There is the high tech India of gleaming new office buildings and Western hotels behind the walls with the guards and then there is the India of incredible squalor and filth inhabited by 80% of the people. These countries are choking in their pollution; yet they don't deal with much of it because economic development and jobs are more important. As such, the US can have no impact on global warming by imposing restrictions if other countries don't do so as well. Forgetaboutit. Not going to happen.

CAP & TAX is being blocked in the US by Senators from industrial, carbon-emitting states who are reluctant to impose regulations that will put their states at a real economic disadvantage. Democrat and Republican Senators from these states are fully aware that CAP & TAX is a job killer bill. The latest Rasmussen Poll shows that 47% of voters believe that global warming is caused primarily by long term planetary trends, not necessarily human activity. 37% of voters believe Global Warming is man made. What ever the cause of Global Warming, the US cannot unilaterally put in place laws that will result in even more jobs being off shored to countries like China where such restrictions do not exist.

We need a common sense approach to energy, which includes the development of all current sources of energy as a bridge to the future. NUCLEAR must play a big part in limiting carbon emissions as it does in France and Japan where more than 80% of their energy comes from Nuclear power plants. Clean coal, natural gas, off shore oil drilling and additional oil drilling in Alaska are all essential to US energy independence. All of this can be done in an environmentally sound way until such time in the next 20 - 50 years that newer technologies like wind, solar and bio fuels become economically feasible. Not to worry, the polar bears will be just fine. In fact, the big lie is that polar bears are threatened. Scientists are now saying that polar bear numbers are growing not shrinking. Who should we believe?

In any case, there is talk that the Obama Administration in pursuing its radical Socialist Schemes may by pass Congress and enact draconian green house gas regulations without Congressional approval. If that happens, which would not be surprising given Obama's radical positions on so many issues, it will cause a Depression in the United States as energy cost increase dramatically for all Americans. If Obama does try an end run around Congress, not that Congress is so great, Obama should be impeached. Clearly, we need a revolution at the ballot box in 2010. President Obama is a clear and present danger to the people of the United States. Every day Obama is in office brings more damage to our country and our economy. We must take back our country to stop President Obama from implementing all of his Socialist Schemes. To do otherwise is to surrender our nation to chaos and the dictates of other countries. We just can't let that happen.

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Chinese Century & Obama

On his visit to Japan, President Obama bowed from the waist down when greeting Japanese Emperor Akihito. Obama has also bowed from the waist down when meeting with the King of Saudi Arabia. Obama apparently has not learned the lessons of history. Americans fought a revolution so that we would never have to bow to a prince or potentate and all other Presidents have followed this tradition. Obama thinks he is being culturally sensitive because he wants to be a "different kind of US President" in keeping with global traditions; but what he does not understand is that this is a signal of weakness not strength. But let's face it. Whose bread you eat, whose song you sing. Obama needs these countries to keep buying treasury bonds to fund the trillions in deficits necessary to fund all of Obama's Socialist Schemes because the reality is that if Obama took every dime away from working Americans in taxes, it would not be possible to finance the trillions of dollars in deficits on the horizon.

Ironically, Communist China is in a position to lecture this young, inexperienced President about US finances. And, why not? China holds over $700 Billion in US Treasury Bills. Without China buying our Treasury Bills, there would a financial crisis like none we have ever experienced before and even worse than the financial melt down in the last few years. The wasteful spending would have to stop immediately and/or the Federal Reserve would have to start printing even more money than is occurring now. We would see sky high inflation and interest rates and another Great Depression. If the trillions in deficit spending persist, we are going down this road anyway and China knows it. The Chinese are scared to death that the US could default on its debt. As it is now, rating agencies are predicting a downgrade of the US credit ratings from our triple AAA rating by 2012. As such, the Chinese are attempting to slow their purchase of Treasury Bills and are instead buying companies and commodities like gold. The Chinese see this tsunami coming as the dollar is collapsing. They are also pushing for a move away from the dollar as the world's reserve currency.

In fact, hours before Obama's visit to China, their top banking regulator, Liu Mingkang, Chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission, issued a sharp critique of US financial management and he doesn't work for Fox News. Mr. Liu said that a weak US dollar and low US interest rates are leading to massive speculation that was inflating asset bubbles around the world, which is causing "unavoidable risks for the recovery of the global economy, especially emerging economies." Mr. Liu went on to say that the situation is "seriously impacting global asset prices and encouraging speculation in stock and property markets." Isn't it ironic that a Chinese Communist banker is lecturing a Democrat Socialist President. Most important, when China speaks, President Obama is forced to listen and must bough down whether he likes it or not.

I have been to China and I can say that the development in China in the last ten years has been remarkable. The Chinese are extending their reach around the world through trade deals while the Obama Administration dithers on trade negotiations. And, of course, while most Chinese are not rich, China is a rich country with money to invest. President Obama said in a speech in Shanghai said "that we do not seek to contain China". Given the bankruptcy of the United States, which is the result of Obama's trillions in deficit spending, we could not contain China even if we wanted to. Not that we should contain Chinese advancement, but how can the US contain its banker anyway? And, how can we push the Chinese to practice fair trade, proper currency valuation, increased human rights and more democracy, when we need them as much or more than they need us. I do not fault the Chinese for their global positioning. The Chinese have been smart and our politicians have been very dumb and naive.

The 20th Century was the American Century. President Obama and the Democrat Socialists that control Congress, unless stopped from enacting all their Socialist Schemes, which will result in trillions in deficit spending and the bankruptcy of the United States are insuring that the 21st Century will be the Chinese Century. If we don't stop the fiscal insanity occurring in the United States, we will see our nation become a banana republic. Don't think it can't happen because in history it has happened. The Soviet Union fell apart not because it did not have a strong military; but because of economic collapse. We have to take back our country. The only way to do it, aside from the election of Conservatives, is through Constitutional Amendment to clean up the mess. We need term limits to stop the corruption. We need a balanced budget amendment to stop all the deficit spending. And, we must place a limit on federal authority to raise taxes without approval of the majority of the states. Clearly, we need more checks and balances. Unless and until these changes are made to the US Constitution, the madness in Washington will never stop. It will be a tough fight; but we can do it. We must do it to save our country from becoming a third rate nation.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Delta Smelt - A Tax on Water and Food

The Delta Smelt is a little pink fish listed as "threatened" under the Federal Endangered Species Act. In a controversial strategy to keep the smelt's numbers from diminishing further, federal officials ordered dramatic cutbacks in the pumping of water from the Sacramento Delta to central and Southern California. Pumping less means significant increases in water rates for millions of Californians; hence the reason this can be referred to as the Delta Smelt Tax.

However, the impact goes well beyond California. By far the heaviest price for the Federal Government environmental wacho policies that put this little fish before people is being paid by the farmers in the San Joaquin Valley, the fruit and vegetable basket of the United States. As vast quantities of water are withheld from irrigation and allowed to flow directly into the ocean, hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland have been allowed to go barren in one of America's agricultural heartlands. Some farmers have seen the allocation of water drop by 90%. This is causing a Great Depression in the San Joaquin Valley similar to the one described in the book, The Grapes of Wrath, as more than 30% of the people are unemployed. And, of course, this action will drive up the cost of food in the United States; hence the tax on all of us.

To make matters worse, there is no proof that turning off the water has helped the fish. State tracking finds the Delta Smelt still on the edge of extinction. There are just very few Delta Smelt out there, which has occurred because of toxic run off from urban areas and non-native species that compete with smelt for food. The fact is that if we want to protect any species from extinction, the best way to do so, is to declare the Delta Smelt and perhaps other species as food and raise them in captivity. The Chinese have a saying, "If the back sees the sun, it is food". Since the Chinese eat virtually everything accept maybe panda bears, all species are therefore food so there must not be any "Endangered Species Act" in China and their animals seem to be doing OK. Matter of fact, smelt when breaded and fried in olive oil, makes a great finger food snack. When I was a child, we had smelt every Christmas as a little table treat. So, the solution to this problem is that rather than declaring the Delta Smelt as "endangered", the federal government should just encourage domestication and food production. Obviously, there doesn't seem to be a shortage of cows, chickens and pigs, is there?

Farmers in California are suing the Federal Government to stop this lunacy. Apparently, there is nothing in the Constitution, you know that little document that is supposed to be the law of the land that allows the Federal Government to ruin their livelihoods and lives. Let us hope that the court sides with the farmers to end the Delta Smelt Tax that is impacting all Americans. We have to take back our country.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Politics - Change is Coming

Fox News polls demonstrate that unless there is a dramatic change in direction in the United States, soon, the Democrat Socialists will lose control of perhaps both houses of Congress in 2010. While President Obama's approval rating is at 52.1%, because he is a likable guy, it has declined substantially from 65% or more right after the election because the "change" he is pushing is not the "change" supported by Americans. What is worse is that the Congress led by San Francisco Democrat Socialist Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada has an approval rating of just 25.8%. 66.3% of Americans disapprove of the way the Congress is doing its job. And, is it any surprise given all of Obama's Socialist Schemes; like HealthScare, CAP & TAX, the bail outs, the SwindleUS Plan, proposed tax increases and cuts to Medicare and trillions in deficit spending, which are wildly unpopular among the majority of the American people.

The real telling tale is that 55.8% of the people believe the country is headed in the wrong direction. I guess all the "evil mongers" who were just "astro turf ", as described by Reid and Pelosi, that have been participating in Tea Bag Protests for months do in fact reflect the thinking of the vast majority of Americans. President Obama and the left wing Democrat Socialists that control Congress are simply out of touch with the American people. The United States is a center right country with strong Judeo-Christian values. Obama and the Democrat Socialists that control Congress are left wing politicians who do not believe in Judeo-Christian values; nor do they support the very principles that are the foundation of America. These Socialists do not support free market capitalism. Obama and his Democrat Socialists friends believe in a big government command economy, trillions in deficit spending, high taxes, big unions and less freedom for the American people. I don't care what Obama says because his actions speak much louder than his words.

Many who voted for Obama assumed he would govern from the center because ultimately it is the only way to win reelection. They got fooled, didn't they? I don't know why Obama voters would have assumed that Obama would govern from the center when he clearly said what he planned to do before he was elected. At least, Obama is being true to his left wing word, if nothing else. Obama studied Karl Marx, not Jefferson, Madison, Adam Smith or Milton Friedman. Obama does not believe in a free market economy. Obama does believe in "social justice", which is just the code term for redistribution of income. Obama says he does not want to run major companies; but then he nationalizes them. Obama says he wants to create jobs; but then pushes for job killer bills, more regulations and tax increases, which are the surest way to guarantee slow growth, high unemployment, more government dependence and a lower standard of living for our people. President Obama wants to grow government at the expense of the private sector to create more union jobs. When Obama says that the SwindleUS Plan has saved several hundred thousand jobs, he is talking about government jobs. And, for every one of those government jobs saved, two have been lost in the private sector because Obama's economic plan has been a complete failure. Cards talk and numbers don't lie. Just look at the real 17% unemployment rate for validation.

Change is coming. The recent elections in Virginia and New Jersey of Republican Governors and other elections across the country of Conservatives are a demonstration of the poll numbers listed in this posting. People are standing up and JUST SAYING NO. We will take back our country in the 2010 election. We can do it. We are going to do it. Americans are mad as HELL and we are not going to take it anymore.

Friday, November 13, 2009

President Obama & Islamic Terrorists

President Obama has a real hard time with the words "Islamic Terrorists" and "Terrorism" and the phrase "War on Terror". In fact, Obama goes out of his way not to use these terms even when they appear to be applicable, perhaps as result of his Muslim roots. Or maybe Obama avoids these terms because Obama is attempting to reach out to moderate Muslims, who though often silent, presumably do not support Terrorism. However, when these brutal acts occur, it is what is it. At Fort Hood, Texas, Major Malik Hasan, who apparently was an Islamic Terrorist, shouted Allah Akbar, (God is Great) in Arabic when he murdered 13 innocent people and wounded another 29 people. God is indeed Great; but not when his name is used as the basis for murdering innocent people. Hasan had ties to both Pakistan and Yemen, home to radical Islamic Terrorists including Osama Bin Laden, if he is still alive and many others; but President Obama tells us "not to jump to conclusions" concerning Hasan's motive and intentions. Whether Hasan is an Al Queda want a be, or not, is really irrelevant, this was an act of Terrorism by any standard on American soil. What else could it be?

Let's face it. There are radical Muslims in the world who are engaged in "jihad" or holy war against Western Civilization. They hate our way of life and freedoms. These radical Islamists are particularly opposed to the rights of women in a free society. Radical Islamists commit acts of Terrorism and murder in both Western and Islamic Countries that are trying to participate in the world economy. The murder of innocent people in large groups is by its very nature an act of Terrorism. We could even call it a "hate crime".

The Obama Administration does not understand that we are still engaged in a "War on Terror". It is happening in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel, and other countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. There are Islamic Terrorist cells, whether a part of Al Queda, or acting alone, that are focused on committing these murderous acts. These radical Muslims believe they are fighting for some 8th century version of their religion, which they believe justifies their actions. President Obama and his Attorney General Eric Holder believe these crimes are just like any other murders rather than war crimes. Holder recently announced that 9/11 master mind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad and four other Terrorists would be tried in federal courts in New York City for their involvement in 9/11, which means they will be given the constitutional rights of an American citizen. These Islamic radicals are foreign Terrorists that attacked the United States and should be tried by a Military Tribunal as war criminals not as though they are American citizens. This decision by President Obama will go down as one of the worst Presidential decisions in American history.

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad recently gave a speech in the Middle East and said that the US must choose between Iran and Israel. Israel is a democracy with strong and historical ties to the United States. Israel shares the legal system of Western countries. No matter what the left wing media says in the US, the United States was founded on Judeo-Christian values, which are the basis for our society. Iran supports Terrorists and Terrorism around the world. Let us hope that President Obama tells Ahmadinejad and Iran to go pound sand. While we should strive to have good relations with all countries, Iran is an outlaw nation in the process of building nuclear weapons that are a threat to the United States. Obama better not play kissy, kissy with Iran because they have proven over and again that they cannot be trusted. Iranians are Persians, not Arabs, who are attempting to extend their historical hegemony over the entire Middle East. We cannot allow that to happen; plain and simple and it actually has little to do with Israel.

President Obama needs to learn the lessons of history. 9/11 happened because the Clinton Administration did not properly respond to Terrorism and Terrorists. These radical Islamists have been conspiring to destroy the United States for decades. In order to defeat our enemies, we must see them as they are not as President Obama would like them to be. Radical Islam is a clear and present danger to the United States. To think it is otherwise, is both dangerous and naive.