One Day Later…

To say I am shocked is an understatement. Last night was the wildest election I have followed since I started voting. I am absolutely stunned. Some good, mostly bad, but completely and absolutely stunned. I just don’t understand what was going through the voters’ heads.

The mission of our local TEA Party organization was to educate the voters, and it’s clear the local TEA parties had absolutely no effect on the outcome of this election. While I think they had a profound effect on the message during the campaign, they had no effect on the voters decision when choosing candidates.

A few candidates won on name recognition alone, and others who busted their ass, won 98% of the straw polls statewide, and gave it everything they had, ended up being kicked to the curb prematurely.

It’s clear that the Republican voters of Georgia did not pick the best candidate to run against Roy Barnes in November. Sure, we still have a run-off on August 10th, but neither Karen Handel nor Nathan Deal are the best candidate for the job. Both of them are better alternatives than Roy Barnes, but they don’t hold a candle to others where liberty and fiscal conservatism are concerned.

With the governors race we have a surrogate showdown between Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin. Gingrich has endorsed Deal and Palin has endorsed Handel. This makes the perfect “career politician” surrogate showdown, with actual career politicians in the candidate as well as endorsing positions.

Doesn’t this make you feel like their way of telling you to “assume the position”?

With the availability of information on the internet, there is no excuse for not researching the best candidate. People have really proven how lazy they are, because voter turn out was extremely low too.

Ten percent of the people have determined the course of the general election for the remainder of the population. I would have thought that conservatives (and independents) across the state would have stepped up to make their voices heard last night, and all we got was the sound of the dedicated few who support incumbents and career politicians.

Republicans in Georgia had a chance to prove they had evolved into a better political party with a mindset on liberty, smaller government, and a return to the values of our founding fathers, but instead they handed the primary election over to the career politicians who got us in this mess in the first place.

Disgusted doesn’t even begin to explain what I am feeling.

Conservatives in general have evolved, but those who just call themselves conservatives are still taking the easy road by listening to one particular talking head at a time and ignoring the issues that matter most.

Yeah, to say I am disgusted is definitely an understatement. 😉

Three Thursday Thoughts

Thought #1

President Obama has blamed former President George Bush for just about everything that has happened since he took the oath of office in January of 2009, but he can’t pass the buck on this one.

Section 311 of The Clean Water Act makes the current oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico the responsibility of the President, and his responsibility alone. If you haven’t paying attention, Barack Obama is our current president, not George W. Bush.

Section 311 grants the president broad powers but it also lays all of the responsibility to stop the oil leak on his lap as well. According to Section 311, he also shoulders the responsibility to direct all of the cleanup efforts.

Make sure you read that section to fully understand that this is now his responsibility, and any blame for not getting the job done falls on his lap as well.

The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 takes it a step further and mandates that President Obama must take action to ensure “effective and immediate removal of a discharge, and mitigation or prevention of a substantial threat of a discharge, of oil or a hazardous substance.”

The rig exploded on April 20, 2010 and has been leaking oil ever since. 38 million gallons of oil and 52 days later the President has done nothing to stop the leak, or ensure the effective and immediate removal of the oil.

The buck stops with you Mr. Obama.

Thought #2

Helen Thomas outted herself as an anti-semitic bigot,

 

and Rosie O’Donnell is a moron (and an anti-semite) for agreeing with Helen Thomas.

 

I wonder if Helen Thomas, or Rosie O’Donnell have any idea that Jews have been living in their homeland much longer than Helen Thomas and Rosie O’Donnell have been alive, combined (and that’s saying something)?

I think it’s time to send all of the morons back where they came from, although their mothers sure wouldn’t appreciate it.

Thought #3

Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue disappointed me this week when he had the chance to prove he could make truly conservative decisions, but didn’t.

Gov. Sonny Perdue signed one gun bill conservatives supported but vetoed another, and the list of 26 other vetoes released Tuesday included many that torpedoed conservative rallying points.

Perdue rejected House Bill 1023, the so-called JOBS Act championed by conservatives as a way to stimulate the economy with targeted tax breaks for employers. Perdue’s veto message said he favors instead a comprehensive rewrite of the tax code by a commission he’ll chair this summer.

As expected, he shot down Senate Bill 1 and Senate Bill 148, which would have instituted zero-based budgeting and slated state agencies for possible abolishing every four years.

He showed his true colors by vetoing zero-based budgeting, but the icing on the cake is the fact he vetoed the JOBS Act in favor of a “comprehensive rewrite of the tax code by a commission he’ll chair this summer”.

I bet the unemployed people of Georgia appreciate the fact he’s waiting until later this summer to do anything. What happens when that comprehensive rewrite of the tax code fails to pass the state legislature?

Yeah, got it. The people of Georgia will be subjected to yet another hot summer with nothing byt blowhards making empty promises while they stand in long unemployment lines. Thanks for nothing, Sonny.

One Step Forward, Eleven Thousand Steps Backward

When are politicians going to learn that they should not brag about “good news”, especially when that “good news” isn’t really that good at all? You would think, after years of practice, they would realize that their attempts at spinning bad news into political gold just does not work and Rumpelstiltskin is not going to come to their rescue.

The November jobs report was quite shocking to many people. Shocking because the numbers were far better than “experts” thought they were going to be. When I say better, that does not mean it was good news. In fact, it was far from it.

The number of jobs lost in the month of November was just 11,000. The unemployment rate fell from 10.2% to 10%. While both of those numbers are a good sign, and definitely an improvement over last year, there is no logical way anyone could classify the jobs report as “good news”.

November payrolls fell by much less than expected – declining by just 11,000 – and the unemployment rate fell to 10.0%, the U.S. Department of Labor said Friday. But while it’s becoming more apparent that the U.S. job market is closer to growth, caution is still the buzzword as the jobless recovery continues.

When growth does return the consensus is that getting back the roughly 7.2 million jobs lost since the recession began in December 2007 won’t be an overnight phenomenon.

In other words, it’s going to be a long hard road. Families are struggling more than ever, and I think it’s rather brash to make statements which spin this news as anything exciting or in anyway permanent. How many times has the government had to revise the job numbers because they realized they screwed up? Shouldn’t we wait a bit and see if these numbers hold up before we start telling everyone that the loss of only 11,000 is good news?

Earlier today I was hanging out on Twitter, and I noticed a message from Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO). She said,

“December of last year we lost more than 600,000 jobs. November this year we lost 11,000. Good news. Progress. Still work to do.”

If the goal is to stop job loss, and the target is employment, how can you consider the loss of 11,000 as progress? That’s insane.

If you compare the loss of 11,000 jobs solely with the loss of 600,000 jobs, you may feel like your making progress, but let’s look at it realistically. If you need to walk a total of 10 miles, and last month you walked backward 600,000 steps are you really making progress to complete those 10 miles this month if you walk backward another 11,000 steps? Like I said, you’d have to be insane to think so.

Anyway, I don’t have that many characters on Twitter, so I responded to her message with the following,

@clairecmc Only you could see the loss of 11,000 jobs as “progress”.

I have replied to a couple of Sen. McCaskill’s tweets, but she has never responded directly to me, and I don’t expect her to. She’s not my senator, so why should she? Of course, she only follows one person on Twitter, so she doesn’t even see what her constituents say unless they direct their message directly to her. Twitter must be a lonely place for Sen. Claire McCaskill. Just imagine how engaged she could be on the conversation if she just listened to what people had to say.

I have no idea if her response was directed toward me, but minutes later she responded with the following tweet.

So weird when politics turns good news into cynical disappointment.

She thinks it’s weird when politics turns good news into cynical disappointment? Is she serious? Isn’t she using politics to try and turn a very bad situation into a feel good story for all who will listen to her? Isn’t it weird to think moving backward should be considered progress? Talk about being a cynical disappointment.

Do her constituents really think moving backwards another 11,000 jobs is good news? Maybe it is good news for those who aren’t one of the additional 11,000 who now find themselves unemployed, but I doubt those 11,000 think the report was good news.

I responded to her again, of course with Twitter’s 140 character limit.

@clairecmc I don’t think those 11,000 ppl (or the 15million looking for work) consider it good news at all. Only politicians do.

The truth is, politicians want you to believe these job numbers are good news. No matter how negative the numbers still are, if you believe the numbers are positive, you’ll tend to forget the “bad times” when you walk into that voting booth come election time. And that my friends it the worst kind of cynical disappointment there is.

Apathy at the voting booth leads politicians to believe they can say anything they want because no one really cares and the majority of people aren’t going to do anything different when they walk into that voting booth the next time around.

This type of behavior results in the House and Senate being filled with politicians like Claire McCaskill who will do their best to pull the wool over our eyes as many times as they can as long as they can.

The next time someone tells you the “good news”, sit back for a moment, look at the entire story and make up your own mind. You just might surprise yourself and wake up in time for the next election.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

In a clear signal that he has no respect for freedom, history, or democracy, President Barack Obama snubbed the people of Germany (and the world) in celebrating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

 

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and German President Horst Koehler walk through the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin November 9, 2009, during celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

 

On November 9th, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell. On July 26th, 2008, candidate Barack Obama visited Germany and spoke before a crowd of 200,000 people. On November 9th, 2009, President Barack Obama showed the world how much the end of communist rule in Eastern Europe really means to him.

As a candidate seeking the job as the leader of the free world Barack Obama had plenty of time to make the trip to Germany, but now that he is leader of the free world he makes it clear that the word “free” means absolutely nothing to him.

While his actions are not too surprising at this point, I’m sure his actions today affected more people than the 200,000 who most likely regret taking time to listen to him back in July of 2008.

Milking The Teet Of America

aigbailout.jpgOn September 16th, 2008, the United States government agreed to ‘bailout’ American International Group (AIG). The reason given to taxpayers for this decision was to “save financial markets and the economy from further turmoil”. Since that day in September, all we have seen are sluggish financial markets and economic turmoil. The American taxpayers have been left wondering if they really needed to bail out AIG in the first place.

AIG is the world’s largest insurer, and we were told that allowing the company to fail would have had a detrimental affect on financial markets. Over the past few months, the government has bailed out big companies like Bear Stearns, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and AIG, yet they allowed one of the largest investment banks, Lehman Brothers, to go belly up. How did they decide which companies were worth saving and which ones were not? We have no way of knowing how each decision was made, but it’s clear that the government was not interested in spending money on every business that needed help and we are to trust that they made those decisions in the name of financial market stability.

Less than a month later, the U.S. Congress passed the “Great Bailout of 2008”. That bailout, unlike the others, required congressional approval, but like all the others, was passed with the promise to restore confidence in the credit industry, stabilize the market, and save us from even greater financial ruin. Only this time it cost a heck of a lot more than all the others combined.

When Congress passed the Great Bailout the American people were re-assured there would be transparency so they would know how much of their money was being spent, and where that money was being spent. So far, that hasn’t happened.

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Evaluating Truths & Doing The Right Thing

During 2007 so many names had been tossed into the ring for the Presidential election that there were enough candidates in the race to field an entire baseball game between the Democrats and the Republicans. The number of names was staggering, and the lineups included some major players from both parties. By the end of 2007, this election cycle promised to be quite exciting, if anything because of the sheer number of people involved.

It was no surprise that so many names would be tossed around, as this is the first presidential election since 1952 where neither the incumbent nor the vice-president were the presumptive nominee from their respective party. Everyone was looking for a horse in the race.

The Democrat menagerie included Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Al Gore, Barack Obama, Bill Richardson, Joseph Biden, Christopher Dodd, Tom Vilsack, Dennis Kucinich, and Mike Gravel. The herd of Republicans included Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson, Newt Gingrich, John McCain, Ron Paul, Mike Huckabee, Sam Brownback, Tommy Thompson, Tom Tancredo, Duncan Hunter and Jim Gilmore.

Some of these players never announced they were running in the first place (like Al Gore and Newt Gingrich) and most of the others dropped out before the American people even had a chance to vote for them. It’s safe to say that in the beginning of this election cycle, the names were plentiful but our choices were indeed few.

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