Saturday, July 31, 2010

Boldly Spoken

Clear and direct, this is the type of person that needs to be in DC. There is no doubt where he stands on the issues he brought up. Our founders spoke boldly and plainly. So should those who represent us in government.

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Friday, July 30, 2010

It's The Economy Stupid

Jobs are the driving factor that improves the economy. The more jobs, the more employed. The more employed, the more people with available money to spend. The more employed, the more people paying taxes. Our system of government and the general economy relies on jobs.

Why is it the average liberal doesn't get this? They are constantly pushing to destroy jobs and reduce personal wealth. The United States became the driver of the worlds economy by doing the exact opposite. If we want to fix the current problem and get America back to work then we need to focus on job creation.

Let me point to some statements made by Chris Edwards, CATO Institute economist and director of tax policy studies.
"The Obama administration has done nothing, nothing in my view to benefit the economy in the short, or the long run," said Edwards.

"Everything they're doing is anti-business, anti-enterprise, anti-venture capital, anti-investment. It's anti-small business and anti-big business. It's just astounding in my view."

Edwards says the big jobs killer weighing down the economy right now is uncertainty over what will happen next.

"Businesses large and small frankly they're just uncertain, they're fearful about what is coming in the future, and they're holding cash… they're not investing," he says.

Moreover, Edwards says, there is no assurance that when U.S. businesses do finally begin expanding again, that they will do so in the United States. In today's global economy, he said, they can flee to more business-friendly locations — something that pro-stimulus Keynesian economists often overlook, according to Edwards.

"I think our tax and regulatory policies are scaring U.S. and foreign multi-nationals away from investing in America," Edwards says.

I recently spoke to a businessman I respect who suggested, allowing for full depreciation of any capital expense up to the percentage that is made in the U.S. in the first year after implementation. This would be a boon to American business and a huge incentive to expansion instead of contraction of business. Programs such as these would draw business to America instead of current policies that suggest they move it elsewhere and take the jobs with them.

We need policies that keep business here at home. We also need some assurance that the goal posts aren't going to move after we make the investment. Right now the goal posts are constantly moving as the Obama administration constantly changes the business climate in America. Until things settle, we are in for a long and bumpy ride.

Quote above from here.

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Image Is Important

If all hybrids looked like this, everyone would drive one.

78 MPG Hybrid Porsche Supercar Gets Green Light

Tesla has a good idea too. The Tesla Roadster.

Okay, Tesla has two. Model S

If you want people to make the change to a hybrid and reduce the use of gas, you need visual incentives as well as MPG. I remember looking at something like this quite a few years ago.

It was mostly battery and very little car. The weight of the battery constituted 60% of the car. The car had a range of 80 miles and took six hours to charge.

A lot has changed over the years. It used to be, prior to the muffler, people bought electric cars to drive in peace. Others bought them to avoid the clouds of fumes.
Detroit Electric 1919

What will be the key issue that gets you into an electric or hybrid car?

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Bernanke Knows What We Need

With the Obama Administration passing mega bill after mega bill, everyone wonders what they will have left. The Bush Tax Cuts will expire and the Obama tax burdens are still being tabulated, will business have any money left to actually do business?

Bernanke Urges Congress to Renew Bush Tax Cuts

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke dropped a major bombshell on Democrats seeking massive new revenues to narrow the deficit, announcing Thursday that he favors preserving the Bush administration tax cuts in order to help a faltering U.S. economy.

“In the short term I would believe that we ought to maintain a reasonable degree of fiscal support, stimulus for the economy,” Bernanke told the House Financial Services Committee. “There are many ways to do that. This is one way.”

Bernanke's statement put him directly at odds with White House officials and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who favors raising taxes on wealthy Americans by letting the tax cuts the Bush administration passed in 2001 and 2003 expire.

Bernanke's views also conflict with those of his predecessor, Alan Greenspan, who just last week told Bloomberg TV's Judy Woodruff that lawmakers should allow the Bush tax cuts to expire as scheduled at year's end.

Greenspan conceded however that doing so probably would slow growth.

Bernanke emphasized the importance of giving the economy a boost. But he also told the House that dealing with the deficit, which has ballooned during the Obama administration, remains a major consideration.

“We need to be taking steps to reassure the American people and the markets that our fiscal situation is going to be well controlled,” Bernanke told the committee members. “That means that if you extend the tax cuts, you need to find other ways to offset them.”

Bernanke's comments came on a day when the Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 201 points, in part on reports of strong corporate profits.

But the markets were also encouraged by the news that two more Senate Democrats — Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., and Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb. — are joining the growing number of voices urging an extension of the tax breaks enacted under the Bush administration, in order to stave off the possibility of a double dip recession.

Read More Here

My Favorite Quote From the Article:
Neil Cavuto said the market's reaction was telling. "Don't you find it a tad odd that among the many reasons the Dow soared more than 200 points today was this talk that some Democrats want to delay the tax hike for the rich. Telling, don't you think? Government stands down," he said, "stocks shoot up."

Doing what will work seems to still escape the great one.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Need a Shirt

I don't wear T-shirts but these make it tempting.

See Them and buy them HERE.

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

You Can't Handle The Truth

Well here it is. Go ahead click play. I dare you.

What are you going to do about it?

Thanks to Chicago Ray for pointing this out.

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

How is the Stimulus Working Out?

The Obama Administration was in such a rush to do something to turn around our economy. They pushed, coerce and crammed an almost one trillion dollar plan down our throats. There were promises and future expectations.

Have you looked at the results? How did all the predictions and posturing stack up to reality?

Did you get the a trillion dollars of value out of it?

Look closer, do you see the New Projections? These are Timothy Geithner's projections. You know the one who made the other chart. Looks pretty flat until the first quarter of next year. That's right, no recovery for the unemployed until the first quarter of next year.

Does this timeline work for you?
Does it match anything else going on?

Looks like Tim is already planning for the big house cleaning come November.

Stay with Me. Don't go back to sleep now. I'm counting on your vote in November.

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Friday, July 09, 2010

The Dumbest President...EVER!

By Stuart Schwartz

Barack Obama is the dumbest president...EVER.

That is a reasonable conclusion once you've assessed the first nineteen months of his presidency and compared it to the definition of intelligence put together by researchers in the field. Although the mainstream media have spent the last two years proclaiming Obama "super-smart" or, as Newsweek put it, "sort of God" in stature and brilliance, the 44th president of the United States is poised to surpass our 15th president, James Buchanan. Jr., as the White House occupant who has made the dumbest moves while in office. With two years left, he is on the fast track to last.

That takes some doing, for the leadership of the hapless Buchanan prior to the Civil War "has led to his consistent ranking by historians as one of the worst Presidents." This is the president who vetoed a college funding bill because "there were already too many educated people" in the young nation. Buchanan's judgment was so wretched that he thought anti-slavery forces could be convinced to give up their opposition by his personal assurances that slaves were "treated with kindness and humanity" and that poverty could be ended by simply printing more money. Sound familiar?

Barack Obama is dumb. How dumb? Alfred E. Newman dumb, says columnist David Limbaugh, who labeled him "President Alfred E. Obama" because of his blithe disregard of the basics of fiscal responsibility. Alfred E. Newman is the Mad magazine mascot, whose answer to every problem is his signature statement: "What, me worry?"

How dumb? How-many-Obamas-does-it-take-to-screw-in-a-light-bulb dumb. And in the answer lies the answer, the key to his pole position in the race to last: It takes 242. One to hold the light bulb, four to turn the ladder, eighteen to assess conformity to OSHA workplace requirements, four to assess the environmental impact of the burnt-out bulb disposal, twelve to participate in a task force to evaluate green energy solutions for a replacement bulb, eight to script his actions, four to script instructions and work the teleprompter, 23 to work with the justice department to sue the light bulb get the picture. And, à la Buchanan, Obama never does get that light bulb changed.

That James Buchanan "fiddled while Rome burned" seems to be the consensus of historians. His approach to the raging controversy over slavery in the decade preceding the Civil War was based on ignoring evidence and acting upon events as he wished them to be, not as they were. Fast-forward to the present: Obama responds to the Gulf crisis by trying to move us toward the collapsed centralized green economy of Spain, ignoring the fact that even Spain acknowledges that "every 'green job' created with government money...came at the cost of 2.2 regular jobs, and only one in 10 of the newly created green jobs became a permanent job."

In all areas of his presidency, Obama has demonstrated a striking disregard of facts, lack of good reasoning, and inability to function at an executive level, all at the core of the textbook definition of intelligence derived from more than a half century of research. Intelligence, the experts tell us, comes down to understanding the meaning of the world around us, and then using that understanding to live skillfully and appropriately (i.e., to get stuff done). One survey of more than fifty researchers in the field of intelligence offers the following definition:

A very special mental capability that, among other things, involves the ability to reason, plan, solve problems, think abstractly, comprehend complex ideas, learn quickly and learn from experience. It is not merely book learning, a narrow academic skill, or test-taking smarts. Rather, it reflects a broader and deeper capability for comprehending our surroundings---"catching on", "making sense" of things, or "figuring out" what to do.

Obama is Buchanan-esque in his inability to function as an executive, a key part of intelligence. Even a cursory analysis of history shows that limited government and free markets have produced prosperity; so Obama expands government and takes over private businesses, causing one observer to throw up his hands at another Buchanan moment from Obama and exclaim, "It isn't rocket science, Mr. President!" Hands-on executives and laser focus are business school basics for solving problems; so Obama parties rather than roll up his sleeves, unleashes federal regulators on hapless Gulf state residents rather than cutting through the red tape, and appoints study panels even as the oil washes ashore (e.g., see video timeline). Radical Islamists are waging war against the United States; Obama does a full Buchanan -- or, if you will, an Alfred E. Newman-style "What, me worry?" -- and, denying the existence of Islamic terrorism, asks whom are you going to believe -- me or your lying eyes?

The ability to draw reasonable conclusions from everyday life and then use those conclusions to adapt is fundamental to high intelligence, says cognitive psychologist Robert J. Steinberg, the award-winning Tufts University dean and University of Cambridge fellow. In other words, the scientific community has established good reasoning, learning from past experience, and acting according to those experiences as integral to high intelligence.

It does not include, as David Brooks, tells us, having an exceptional and "perfectly creased pant [leg]" or -- in what Hot Air's Allahpundit calls "a loathsome expression of elitism" -- being able to "talk like us," Brooks, and others of the "smart set." If that were the case, all we would need to increase intelligence in the U.S. Congress is to provide our elected representatives with dry cleaning services. As for the "talk like us" part, it doesn't take intelligence to talk like a self-styled intellectual, a.k.a. a New York Times columnist. Hawkeye Pearce has already shown us the way in the classic "Love Story" episode of television's "Mash." He teaches Radar, the shy Iowa farm boy who has a crush on a nurse who reads the classics and enjoys Bach, to reply with, eyebrows uplifted, "Ahhh...Bach" when she discusses music and throw in the occasional "That's highly significant."

Want to impress David Brooks and others of the media engaging in what Bernard Goldberg calls "a slobbering love affair" with the president? Simple. Reply, as Obama has done, "Ahhh...Burke" to David Brooks, enthralled by a president who expressed appreciation for the "finer points" of political philosophy; or flash your degree to Christopher Buckley, formerly of National Review, awestruck by Obama's "Harvard intellect"; or simply present Marxism and mainline elegance as typical of the academic life, and media academics like Michael Beschloss will gush on mainstream news, "he's probably the smartest guy ever to become President."

But intelligence is as intelligence does, as Forest Gump might remind us. Harvard has produced more than its share of great men and women, but it has also produced the Unabomber, Barney Frank, and Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling...and now, the next James Buchanan.

So the next time Brooks or others in the mainstream media firmament tell you that Barack Obama is a towering intellect, the smartest president ever, just nod your head wisely and say, "Ahhh...pant leg."



The Federal Diet

The federal government has gotten fat. It no longer can fit into the boundaries of the constitution it was birthed by. Yes we expected the baby to grow, but the American Government has become obese.

The states have to use the tenth amendment to take back the powers that have been stolen.

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Thursday, July 08, 2010

The Solution to the Oil Spill

Our sit around and pass the blame administration should be jumping at the chance to rid themselves of this problem. Well here is the solution.

The only issue I see now is recognizing that is private industry and not government mandates that have provided the solution. How does a president of "government has the solution" accept the fact that it doesn't? Will he continue to sit back and push blame around or will he take a large swollow of pride and take the solution? The problem is only getting worse while we wait. And Wait.......

More animals are dying.
More businesses are dying

Still Waiting.........

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Monday, July 05, 2010

Muslims, The Next Frontier

Anybody catch this in the news?

NASA Chief: Next Frontier Better Relations With Muslim World

What kind of idiot would have a space/science program placate to violent, third world nations of Muslims?

Bolden said in an interview with Al Jazeera that strengthening those ties was among the top tasks President Obama assigned him. He said better interaction with the Muslim world would ultimately advance space travel.

"When I became the NASA administrator -- or before I became the NASA administrator -- he charged me with three things. One was he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math, he wanted me to expand our international relationships, and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science ... and math and engineering," Bolden said in the interview.

Can anyone think of a significant science discovery in the last hundred years that was found by a Muslim?

I'm not kidding. Here is the Link.

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Saturday, July 03, 2010

Inspiration and Independence

I don't know Paul Lambert but this video would make me consider him for almost any public position.

Give some thought to our founders and this nation. Are you willing to go back to their words and their perspective. I have been reading about George Washington. I would highly recommend the book, "The Real George Washington". It is written from letters to and from Washington as well as his personal diary.

Recently I posted a number of writings on our roots and beginnings. Perhaps some videos would help.

Please leave behind your comments and perspectives on what is presented above.

Inspirational DaySpring Movies

Happy Birthday America

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