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Immigration Bill: 1,000 Pages of Deception and Betrayal

June 10th, 2013

Has anyone in Congress actually read the 1,000+ pages of the comprehensive immigration bill written by the so-called “Gang of Eight”? Whether you believe in immigration reform or not, you should consider what this bill actually says.

You are encouraged to spend a little time with someone who has actually read the bill. The Daily Caller provides the interview below:
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Frustration Illustrated

July 27th, 2012

My frustration boils over. It seems to me that for my entire 69 years, as long as I can remember politics and government, things have become ever more ugly. By that I mean that government has become larger, more intrusive, more burdensome, and more expensive. My first political recollections was riding along in the front seat of my father’s Model-A Ford, seeing a campaign sign – Truman for President – and hearing my father say: “That son of a bitch, Harry Truman.” It was only years later that I realized my father’s frustration over how much damage FDR had done to America as a free country. It wasn’t until after the Eisenhower administration that I realized that the government isn’t an honest entity — that most of what government does and says is based on outright lies and deceit.

Later, in 1966, I proudly enlisted in the U.S. Army to fight in Vietnam against the brutal communists. I believed this was an honor and a duty and remain proud of my service. Others disagreed. The country by that time was losing its character, and under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson the government became ever more bloated, expensive and intrusive. I remember Johnson imploring the government to spend more money more rapidly to fight recession. What a cruel joke that was. The economy languished but the government grew and grew.

I’m certain that a lot of my fellow citizens feel as frustrated as I am, this in spite of some people I know who figure, “I’ve got mine, so why should I even care about the debt, the loss of liberties, and the economic mess?” There have to be some among us who are willing to stand firm against this ever-expanding menace we call the U.S. Government. So why can’t our elected congress back this down to something sensible? Play a speech, video below, on the House of Representatives floor by Representative Kelly. Shouldn’t the congress do something sensible for a change and remove these burdens rather than continue to pile them on? Kelly was speaking on behalf of HR4078, a bill to freeze regulations in place. How about a bill to rip out those and other regulations in their entirety?

See and hear the speech:

It is citizens like us who vote for representatives that become gods, kings, and princes when they get to office. They march up the glorious marble steps of the U.S. Capitol building and, can you blame them for swelled heads, they begin to think they should run the country. But they’re only elected to run the bureaucracy — a big difference indeed.

And if you don’t think Kelly is talking about Jackass regulations, wait until you read about Idiot Obama’s latest brainstorm. To Wit,
have a regulation that school punishments must all be apportioned by race, regardless of the behavior of individual students!! WHAT?

The insanity has gone too far. Maybe that’s the reason that the liberals are talking gun controls once again. They fear the citizens. These citizens are frustrated with excessive government power and intimidation. They realize, deep down, that the reason for the second amendment is the potential for military (the 2nd Amendment mentions “militia”, after all) use of weapons by citizens, not for hunting and target shooting, but against the repressive elements of a feared future government. We all hope it never comes to that, but we need to guard the second amendment in the meantime.

P.S. If some government spy is logging this article and I meet Janet Napolitano’s definition of a potential domestic terrorist, go to hell. You’re wrong. What I am is a proud, patriotic American who doesn’t appreciate seeing his country’s traditions and fundamental values destroyed by a gang of meddlesome liberal busybodies.

More Government Statistcial Lies

April 9th, 2012

His chart, complements of Merrill Lynch, BLS and via ZeroHedge.com illustrates the manner in which government is fudging the numbers to make Obama’s economic performance look better. The chart compares the “unemployement rate” to the “employment rate.” These usually track one another. Why shouldn’t they? But now, see the chart, a miracle has occurred. The unemployment rate has dropped by 2 percentage points — but the lie is revealed by employment rate, which is static. The implication is that things are getting better due to lower unemployment, but a large number of people have simply given up looking for work or being employed.

We see this jiggery-pokery in all kinds of government statistics, especially the inflation numbers, which exclude fuel and food. These report inflation below 2%. Our experience shows us that inflation exceeds 10%.

Throw the lying bums out. NOW!

China: The Coming Apocalypse

September 29th, 2011

We’re hearing a lot of nonsense lately about how China’s economy is the envy of the world. Certain lefties in government and academia have been gushing about China’s construction boom, its railways, its airports, etc. But the real story of China is that it’s a house of cards, or a ticking time bomb. The banking system is as corrupt as the government, and the people seem to have no sense of responsibility or civility at all. The industry pollutes, sells counterfeit products, and tainted medicines. The workforce is slave labor. This is an apocalypse waiting to happen.

If you don’t believe it, you must review the link below, which describes China’s “ghost cities.” These are large cities being built with bank loans, but nobody occupies these cities. See: Chinese Ghost Cities from Business Insider.

The bottom line is that China is an immense lie.

And when China collapses we’re in for an ugly, wild ride since so much of our manufacturing business has been moved to China.

The President’s Habit of Lying

June 7th, 2011

Mendacity obviously comes naturally to Mr. Obama. Read this article from the Washington Post in which the president spouts one deception after another in an attempt to justify the government’s bail-out of the automobile companies.

Obama’s lies about the auto bailout exposed
(Originally from Drudge Report)

But maybe it depends on what your definition of IS LIE is.

Obama Regime Propaganda Department Enlarged

May 24th, 2011

Should the President of the U.S. to be spending public funds to campaign for his own re-election? Should the White House support a propaganda department? Well, it does, and today it expanded its staffing. According to and article in the Huffington Post (via FishBowlNY reporting a memo from the WH “This week, Jesse Lee will move from the new media department into a role in the communications department as Director of Progressive Media & Online Response”. Heretofore, according to the article, this type of work has been done by the DNC, presumably not at public expense like the current appointment.

How far does it go? Is the next step an effort to censor and silence critical voices through the forceful tools of the U.S. government? See the article immediately before this one.

Tyrants have propaganda departments. Tyrants suppress criticism. Little steps like this show the current president’s disdain for democracy, the American people, and legality. Little steps like this chip away at the liberties we should all cherish and defend. The White House Office of Propaganda is an abomination that should not be tolerated in our democracy. Contact your congressional representative and complain. Somebody in authority might have the courage to put a stop to this misuse of public office by President Obama.

Coverup Worse Than Original Crime

April 28th, 2011

I’m waiting for President Obama to declare “I’m not a crook.” He has released a birth certificate that is obviously a forgery, and an incredibly amateur one at that. See below and on numerous other sites.

Is this just another example of the “Chicago way”? Don’t take that as an excuse. Our president, the anointed one, is certifiably a liar and a crook.


Was the president born in Hawaii? Most probably yes. I’ve never had serious doubts about that. Is the president a liar and a crook? Yes. Did the recently released “long form birth certificate” prove or disprove anything at all? No. Is it a forgery? We don’t really know. I may have jumped to an unwarranted conclusion about that. But it’s still up in the air.

With his characteristic arrogance the Sun God remarked on Wednesday that, “Over the last two and half years, I have watched with amusement. I have been puzzled with the degree with which this thing just kept going,” He has been “amused” that citizens have raised a legitimate question about his constitutional qualification to be president. Apparently, in his mind it’s none of our business. How dare we question him? He has valued his amusement over and above the legitimate constitutional questions raised by citizens, so much so that he’s spent millions of dollars blocking release of a document which he could have authorized with the stroke of a pen two and a half years ago. Against this background of arrogance and deceit nobody should be ashamed to doubt his honesty and the genuineness of the documents submitted this week and previously. After all, the document was under the custody and delivered by the White House, not by any trusted intermediary. So the doubts remain, not about his birthplace, but about the veracity of the submitted documents and motivation for hiding nearly every document about his past life.

Good Enough for Government Work?

April 14th, 2011

Air traffic controllers sleeping on the job: Good enough for government work.

TSA frisking children: Good enough for government work.

President Obama’s budget speech of 4/13/11: A disgrace. This pack of lies, illusions and evasions is not even good enough for government work.

The president engaged in class warfare of the most vile sort. The rich have to “give back a little more” he said. As if they got from the government what they should now “give back.” This guy is a Hugo Chavez wanna-be.

So our socialist president wants to close an annual deficit created by his party’s runaway, drunken spending spree, an increase of over $1.0 Trillion per year so far by increasing taxes on the “rich” who are defined to earn over $250,000 per year.

Just a little inconvenient fact: “According to Internal Revenue Service data, the entire taxable income of everyone earning over $100,000 in 2008 was about $1.582 trillion. Even if all these Americans—most of whom are far from wealthy—were taxed at 100%, it wouldn’t cover Mr. Obama’s deficit for this year.” (WSJ -4/14/11)

Unless the republicans and democrats are able to peel back at least $1.6 Trillion in annual spending — right now — we’re headed for a hyperinflation-depression such as the world has never seen. But maybe that’s what the dem-socialists are looking forward to — social justice in the form of everyone being equally impoverished and the government feeding everyone with rations of gruel, delivered at the point of a gun.

The reality is that the current crisis is the product of years of political irresponsibility accelerated to light-speed by Obama, the Sun God’s delusions over the past two and a half years.

In his speech the President said “this isn’t the country I grew up in.” That’s true. He’s destroying that country by his and the actions of his own party in government.

What Federal Government Services Do You Actually Appreciate?

December 29th, 2010

Senator Tom Coburn in a recent speech summarized succinctly what has gone terribly wrong with out Federal Government. And much of it has occurred in the last four years. This is worth a moment of your time to read and reflect upon.

It is a time for Americans who have never been involved in the political arena, in our Nation, to get involved because the future of your children and your children’s children depends on it. We have a very short window within which to recapture the economic renaissance in our country, and it is less than 4 years. If you look at what we are coming to in terms of debt-to-GDP ratio and in terms of the size of the government to the size of the GDP, we will be on an irreversible course that will eliminate American exceptionalism forever because the thing that made us free and kept us free was a fairly limited Federal Government. What we have in front of us is an attempt not to get it back down to a size that is manageable and within the intent of our Founders’ vision and the American people’s expectation; we have an intent to grow. The discretionary budget of the Federal Government, on the rate that has been passed by this body the last 2 years alone, not counting the stimulus, will cause the Federal Government to double in size in 5 years. We are 40 percent bigger than we were 2 years ago; actually, it is 38.6 percent bigger. We hear the average Federal employee now makes $72,000 and the average private employee now makes $40,000. We have added 170,000 new jobs in the government in the last 7 months, while we have lost three times that in the private sector. Things are out of whack. The only way they are going to change is if the American public demands it to be changed.

To put it in further perspective, if you are a member of a 4-person family, your family’s share of the $3.5 Trillion Federal Budget in 2010 was about $45,000, of which $20,000 will have to be paid by your children and grandchildren. Does that make sense to you? Is the “government service” worth the cost?

As citizens we need to challenge ourselves with a simple test: list on a piece of paper all of the services of the Federal Government that you benefit from and appreciate. Then total up the tax money you pay out to the Federal Government, the aggravation you experience from the bureaucracy and the enforcement activities of the government. Do you personally get your money’s worth out of your taxes and aggravation?

Here’s a list of Federal agencies for you to appreciate. Don’t just select an agency, say Education and say “Well, I’m all for education, so that must be worthwhile.” You must specify exactly and explicitly what the vast Department of Education is doing for you personally. If you say, well it gives money to our local school, then the questions have to be: what is that money spent for that benefits me, and why does that money have to be routed through the Federal bureaucracy that skims off millions to support lazy bureaucrats.

Illustration from Obama’s 2010 Federal Budget Explained in Plain English

I would wager that your list of “benefits” starts with national parks and federal highways, might include food safety inspections, and if you’re big hearted even national defense. If you look at the Federal Budget (and believe it to be honest) you’ll discover that a minuscule fraction of the total budget goes to the “services” or “benefits” that you can actually identify, know about and appreciate. For example, National Parks ($2.7 Billion) accounts for only 21% of the Interior Department’s $13 Billion budget, and Highway Construction and Maintenance (negative $263 Million) represents 0% of the Department of Transportation’s mammoth $75 Billion budget. So where does the rest of this money go? If it doesn’t benefit you, then why is it being collected and spent?

Please use the comment facility, below, to describe what specific Federal Government services you deem to be worth your money. I dare you!

Too Bad Good Not to Post

November 30th, 2010

Here’s a story everyone should read about the total idiocy of our Federal Government, particularly but not limited to the TSA. (from http://RedState.com )

TSA search of soldiers returning from war.

A bureaucracy is an organization specifically designed to relieve anyone participating in it from taking responsibility for anything it does or making any judgment or decision at all. It is for this reason that bureaucracy is the most evil of all human inventions and the main tool of tyrants and the most prolific source of oppression and misery.

Read this story and remember it when you vote and pay your taxes.

$1.15 Billion – Holder & Pelosi Dems. Pander to Crooks

November 23rd, 2010

$1.15 Billion for what? The lame-duck Senate, by voice vote (what else?), has voted to give 70 to 80 thousand black farmers $1.15 Billion to compensate them for claimed discriminatory treatment by the U.S. Department of agriculture.

There is something wrong with this. Namely:

Much of the cause for concern is the fact that there have been vastly more claims of discrimination than there are even black farmers in America. Sworn testimony before the House Judiciary Committee by the president of the National Black Farmers Association, John Boyd, put the number of black farmers in America at 18,000.

To date, more than 94,000 individuals have filed discrimination claims.

This is the second payoff from a 1999 class action settlement, known as Pigford vs. Glickman, in which the original plaintiff Timothy Pigford, along with 400 others, sued USDA for discrimination in its allocation of loans. The plaintiffs won, but since then, the number of claimants have vastly ballooned to unanticipated levels.

Over $1 billion has already been paid out to over 16,000 people, and this second round is expected to pay off an additional estimated 70,000 – 80,000 who missed the deadline to file their initial claims.

The report states that the whole thing, after the Pigford settlement, has been concocted by Eric Holder, a few of his cronies, and the Pelosi House Democrats.

Now it’s up to the Republicans to take it apart in the new session of Congress.

What a way to run a government!

Beating The Entitlements Tar Baby

October 23rd, 2010

A provocative Forbes Blog article was referenced by Maggies Farm Blog: Why The GOP Will Never Cut The Size Of Government by Rick Unger. The article rightly observes that if you “[a]dd the 42 percent for Social Security and subsidized health care and the 23 percent for other entitlements and net interest […] you get to 65 percent- or roughly two-thirds of our total federal expenditure.” The author then concludes that the American public, including tea party participants, won’t ever let these entitlements be significantly cut, so the federal budget is permanently stuck-on-overwhelming. We’ve got our fist in the belly of the tar baby.

The magnitude of the entitlements, not even including the looming trillion-plus dollar addition of Obamacare is an unavoidable fact. It is also an unavoidable truth that a large portion of the U.S. citizenry has paid into these (social security and medicare) programs and relies on them. But it is also an unavoidable truth that these programs are fiscally unsound if not already bankrupt. So any way you parse it, something has to be done. If we leave things as they are, taxation and borrowing will inevitably be unable to sustain the burden, and the entire economy of the country will collapse.

But first, let’s look at the one-third of the budget that is not entitlements. Within this portion of the budget are most of the liberty-nicking and draining, annoying and harmful regulatory measures that make government increasingly odious and the private economy and life in general increasingly burdened. The vast majority of these bureaucracies produce absolutely nothing of value for individual voting citizens. (I dare you to take an inventory and list Federal Government activities that actually benefit you personally.)

For an interlude we may be able to ignore the entitlements mess and direct our attention to reducing the intrusiveness of government into our every-day lives. We may be able to celebrate and encourage individualism and self-reliance by drastically reducing or better yet, eliminating departments of government like Education, Commerce, Labor, Energy, Transportation, EPA, HHS, and other burdensome, expensive and useless bureaucracies. (I wrote about this here, here, and here.) That would distract some of the attention from entitlements, as millions of bureaucrats would have to find civilian employment. Just removing these people from the future retirement cost burden of the government and reducing taxes needed to pay and equip the bureaucracies would have a major stimulating effect on the economy. And that’s even before the economic and spiritual uplift from tax reduction and elimination of red tape, regulation and harassment that would follow.

After successfully hacking back the federal bureaucracy and regulatory apparatus, thereby stimulating the private economy and renewing a sense of can-do private initiative throughout the country, it would then be possible to think seriously about the problem of entitlements. The first thing to do about this is to allow younger people to opt-out of these government programs, with a final drop-dead date for phasing them out completely. This reduces the future entitlements problem, but pops the Ponzi-scheme that allows current and near-term eligible people’s benefits to be paid from revenues collected from new participants. We’re then left to rely on the so-called “trust funds” which the government has already looted, leaving behind government IOU’s. Here is where some pain comes in. The pain will be apportioned mostly to the younger generation who will have to pay for their own private retirement and medical plans, and will also bear the tax cost of redeeming those government IOU’s. A newly buoyant economy will help, but it will still hurt. The irresponsibility of generations of politicians and voters has a cost — no escaping it.

Then, after four to six presidential election cycles have passed, assuming that the will to reform can be sustained — as it might be through evidence of progress and success — the country can emerge from its encounter with the entitlements tar-baby, stronger, better, and more self-confident than it has ever been before. And the best of it is that we’ll preserve our freedom.

Federal Government Stock Market Manipulation – Continued

October 21st, 2010

Back on May 31, 2009 I wrote about suspected stock market manipulation, a suspicion based on my daily observation of stock market behavior patterns. It seemed strange to me then, and since then it has continued to be suspicious. The market has been characterized since March 6th of 2009 by a steady, nearly uninterrupted uptrend. Much of the upward action has appeared near the start and end of the day and after hours.

Since that article was written additional voices have expressed similar disquietude about the possibility of government interventions to manipulate prices upward, also citing strange market behavior they’ve observed.

An influential voice appeared in the ZeroHedge.com blog last December. The article, subtitled “Who Is Responsible For The Non-Stop Market Rally Since March” was written by TrimTabs’ Charles Biderman (whose firm describes itself as: “…the leading independent institutional research firm focused on equity market liquidity.”

Mr. Biderman observes that as of December last year the market had gained over $6.0 trillion in capitalization. He goes on to say:

The “wealth effect” of rising stock prices has soothed the nerves and boosted the net worth of the half of Americans who own stock.

We cannot identify the source of the new money that pushed stock prices up so far so fast. For the most part, the money did not from the traditional players that provided money in the past:

and lists the following “traditional players” who by his observation are not responsible:

  • Companies
  • Retail Investor Funds
  • Retail Investor Direct
  • Hedge Funds
  • Pension Funds
  • ..and then says:

    If the money to boost stock prices did not come from the traditional players, it had to have come from somewhere else.

    We do not know where all the money has come from. What we do know is that the U.S. government has spent hundreds of billions of dollars to support the auto industry, the housing market, and the banks and brokers. Why not support the stock market as well?

    Biderman then goes on to describe how this manipulation could plausibly, and in his opinion, legally be conducted by the government through the purchase of futures contracts, especially in the ultra-liquid SP-500 futures market.

    That was nearly a year ago and the market has continued to defy gravity. I don’t have anything definitive to add to this question, but here are some observations that strengthen my belief that the U.S. Government, probably with the participation of the Treasury, Fed and Goldman Sachs, can and does dishonestly manipulate the upward movement of stock prices for purely political reasons.

  • The Flash Crash of May 6, 2010 which was blamed on a large ($15 Billion) SP-500 futures trade by a single firm well illustrates the ability of futures prices to influence actual stock prices. If $15 Billion can do that, what can $100 Billion do? At the time of the flash crash I suspected a mistake by government market manipulators, but that was probably wrong.
  • Monetary Easing Before Elections (lower interest rates, etc.) has been a trick used by every president to try and window-dress his economic performance. This year the Fed couldn’t do that. Interest rates are already at zero. The only good economic news out there is the stock market, so the administration would be desperate to keep stock prices elevated. But after the election, what then?
  • Lock-Step Stock Price Moves: a recent Wall Street Journal article details the degree to which stock prices have been all moving in tandem, seemingly being influenced by a single force. The Journal reported that: “Between October 2008 and February 2009, at the height of the financial crisis, correlation hit 80%, meaning lots of stocks were moving in lock step. When stocks rallied last year, the figure fell to 40%, then it spiked back over 80% during the European debt crisis, according to Barclays. What has caught many investors off guard is that correlation stayed high over the summer. In mid-August, correlation was 74%. In recent weeks, it has drifted down to 66%.” Might some of this correlation be the result of manipulative pressures?
  • Government’s Habitual Statistical Dishonesty: Anyone who believes that government statistics are honest reflections of reality would be a good newspaper reporter — gullible and lazy by trade. It doesn’t take a conspiracy for the government to pull off a manipulation of the market for political gain, it only takes a few crooks with access to the resources of the Treasury and the Fed. For a tutorial on dishonest government statistical practices I recommend: John Williams’ Shadow Government Statistics

    One needs to look no further than the low moral character and dishonesty of Timothy Geithner, Ben Bernanke, Henry Paulson, President Obama and the economic team that has deserted him to find a cast of characters capable of the deceit necessary for government manipulation of the stock market.

    It just gives me the shivers to think about what the consequences will be if a) the scheme is uncovered and/or b) the government considers it necessary or expedient to suddenly withdraw its support of stock prices.

    (As an aside, just two weeks before the election the market action has become really hincky. Many market observers would conclude at this point it’s time for a pullback, and the market has gyrated and head-faked, poked and jabbed, but always keeps getting up like one of those childhood clown punching bags. Professional traders don’t argue with Mother Market, she usually does what she wants to do. But maybe she’s being romanced, or more likely, abducted and ravaged against her will.)

    For the good of the country, after the November elections I hope that some enterprising congressman will initiate a probe into those government and private organizations and individuals that have the incentive and the wherewithal to engage in market manipulation. If there’s none, then no harm done. If there is, then some people should go to jail for a long time to keep Bernard Madoff company.

  • Trouble at the American Physical Society

    October 12th, 2010

    Thanks to “The Air Vent” for bringing to the forefront a significant development in the Global Warming fantasy skit. Here we have the resignation of a physicist named Hal Lewis from the American Physical Society. I and perhaps others was unaware of Lewis’ credentials. Fortunately the Air Vent blog provides a summary:

    Harold Lewis is Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, former Chairman; Former member Defense Science Board, chmn of Technology panel; Chairman DSB study on Nuclear Winter; Former member Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards; Former member, President’s Nuclear Safety Oversight Committee; Chairman APS study on Nuclear Reactor Safety Chairman Risk Assessment Review Group; Co-founder and former Chairman of JASON; Former member USAF Scientific Advisory Board; Served in US Navy in WW II; books: Technological Risk (about, surprise, technological risk) and Why Flip a Coin (about decision making)

    Dr. Lewis writes a letter in which he resigns in disgust from the American Physical Society over their blatantly political stand on global warming. His letter is well worth reading HERE (pdf).

    A hundred or so articles back I predicted that the global warming fantasy would eventually fade away and nobody once connected with it would admit they were ever involved. That process is taking a while, but it is picking up speed as more and more knowledgeable people recognize AGW as a political scam, a mania, and a money grab bag, not a valid scientific prediction, if such a thing even exists.

    Out of Control Government Spending Destroying America

    August 23rd, 2010

    Brian Riedl published a report for the Heritage Foundation entitled: New CBO Budget Baseline Shows that Soaring Spending—Not Falling Revenues—Risks Drowning America in Debt. The title might just as well have been “The President and Congress are Killing America.” See an abstract from the report below and click the link to read the rest.

    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has updated its 10-year budget baseline, and America’s fiscal outlook continues to worsen. The CBO projects $6.2 trillion in additional deficits over the next decade. This darkening budget forecast would have been even worse, were it not for the unrealistic assumptions that Congress requires the CBO to employ to make future budget deficits appear smaller.

    With more realistic assumptions, the budget baseline shows that:
    Even as war spending phases out and the economy recovers, the projected budget deficit never drops below $1 trillion, and reaches nearly $2 trillion by 2020;
    The national debt held by the public is set to surpass 100 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2020;[1]
    By 2020, half of all income tax revenues will go toward paying interest on a $23 trillion national debt;
    Federal spending per household, which has risen from $25,000 to nearly $30,000 over the past three years, would top $38,000 by 2020. The national debt per household, which was $52,000 before the recession, would approach $150,000 by 2020;[2]
    Even if all tax cuts are extended, revenues will still surpass the historical average—18 percent of GDP—by 2020. The reason the deficit will surge 6 percent of GDP above its average is because spending will surge to 6 percent of GDP above its average.

    These spending and deficit trends are completely unsustainable. Yet President Obama and Congress continue to push spending and budget deficits even higher with endless failed “stimulus” spending that is now expected to continue into the middle of this decade. They have also enacted a massive new health care law that—far from reining in spiraling health care costs—increases spending (and likely deficits) even further. In short, Washington is digging this budget hole deeper.

    The article clearly defines how the congress has instructed the Congressional Budget Office to use unrealistic assumptions to minimize the apparent scope of their folly. Read the article.

    How anyone could simply wave off this ugly situation saying it doesn’t matter is beyond me. And how anyone can conclude that the behavior of the President and the Congress (both parties) is anything less than criminal baffles me.

    NASA’s Fuzzy Feelings For Muslims

    July 7th, 2010

    The Sun God has decreed that NASA’s primary mission should be to make Muslims feel good about their contributions (900 or so years ago) to science and engineering. See below an interview with Charles Bolden, recently appointed to head up NASA.

    Routinely ridiculing President Obama and his administration has become so easy that it’s boring. But the bottom line is that NASA has outlived its usefulness. It was created as a propaganda play during the cold war. It has spent billions of dollars performing space stunts and bragging about its contributions to science and technology. It has spent more billions being involved in projects from automotive engineering to agriculture, none of it non-space related , cost effective, useful or even original. And now, spending billions more to enhance Muslim self-esteem is the ultimate absurdity.

    It’s past time to pull the plug on NASA.

    Mozilla Smarter Than Obama

    June 29th, 2010

    Yet another spam email arrived today from the white house, this time from Carol Browner, the Sun God’s Energy Czarina. And right away, Mozilla tagged it as a SCAM, which of course it is.

    This is another of those “campaign promise” style missives that this regime regularly uses to try and take credit for something, or to change public opinion about something else. In this case, after mouthing off nonsense about her heroic efforts in the gulf oil spill drama, Madam Czarina goes on to preach: “The disaster in the Gulf is a wake-up call that we need a new strategy for a clean energy future, including passing comprehensive energy and climate legislation.”

    Translation: Let’s let the Federal Government take over electrical generation and transportation and run it like Amtrak. And by the way, let’s take the “Crazed sex poodle’s” advice and wreck the rest of the economy for the benefit of “the planet.”

    If it were not so serious it would be funny!

    IRS Paperwork Explosion

    May 21st, 2010

    As mentioned before in this blog, hidden in the health care legislation is a new IRS requirement that will result in a massive paperwork increase for every business in the country. It will cost thousands of dollars and countless hours to comply with this new requirement to report 1099’s for all transactions over $600. Hundreds, maybe thousands of transactions will have to be monitored and reported.

    CNN Money.com reports:

    Starting in 2012, that changes. All business payments or purchases that exceed $600 in a calendar year will need to be accompanied by a 1099 filing. That means obtaining the taxpayer ID number of the individual or corporation you’re making the payment to — even if it’s a giant retailer like Staples or Best Buy — at the time of the transaction, or else facing IRS penalties.

    In essence, the 1099-Misc is having its role changed from a form for tracking off-payroll employment to one that must accompany virtually any sizeable business transaction.

    “Just with business travel it would include hotels, rental cars,” Henschke says. “Phone service: 1099. Computer service: 1099. Whoever does your postage meter: 1099. You do a little advertising, Yellow Pages: 1099. Your landlord: 1099. You might as well just keep them in your pocket and hand them out as you go around every day.”

    The IRS jackboots are clicking louder and louder on the cobblestones. These fine folks will monitor and be in charge of your every transaction. They will have to monitor your life so as to direct your health care — have you purchased your Obamacare policy? If not, go to jail. Did you fail to report income from the sale of your lawn mower? Go to jail. Did you fail to submit a 1099 for the independent guy who paved your driveway? Go to Jail. Did your business fail to submit its 1099’s on time? Pay a fine and go to Jail.

    This abomination needs to be killed PDQ or we’ll all have to spend our entire lives filling out forms for our socialist government to torment us with. And maybe the Sun God can explain why he had to hide this monster in the health bill.

    I’d rather go to jail than comply with this involuntary servitude. Give me liberty or give me death.

    Another Attack on Your Wallet, Your Time, and Your Freedom

    May 10th, 2010

    In an earlier post I spoke out about the paperwork burden that Obamacare was certain to impose on all of us. Here’s another specific example: Health care law’s massive, hidden tax change Under this provision hidden in the law’s 2,400 pages all purchase transactions of $600 or more in goods or services would trigger the need for the buyer/payer to submit a 1099 form to the IRS and the seller. So under this law if you stock your shop with goods from 500 suppliers over a year’s time, and you buy more than $600 worth of goods from any supplier, you’d have to send out 1099s to and for each such supplier. You’d have to maintain records of the aggregate purchases from each supplier. Then, at the end of the year you’d have to comb through these records and mail out 1099 forms, maybe hundreds of them. Then comes an audit where you’d have to justify the accuracy of your involuntary servitude clerical work. And if you’re on the receiving end of these 1099s, heaven help you if one or more gets lost in the mail.

    This is another of those government-growth-goodies that lurk in the health reform law. And can some Democrat policy wonk tell me why this is part of the health reform law — other than as a massive attempt to grab additional revenue?

    Government grows, you pay.

    When a MONSTER Emerges…

    March 21st, 2010
    Repeal it. Kill It.  This MONSTER will eat us alive!

    Our congress has done us a dirty deed by lies, deceit, bribery and unbelievable arrogance. The health care bill just passed is another step toward socialism and tyranny, plain and simple. This is an example of African pimp style absence of spending restraint — roll the prostitutes’ john, buy a Cadillac on easy credit, equip it with every do-dah and goo-gah, get drunk, drive it as fast as it will go, crash it and walk away — Yah, Obama, I’m talking about you!

    Citizens of our country spilled a lot of blood (including a little of mine) to resist the threat of a communist tyranny. But today there are those in our government that see nothing wrong with destroying liberties that we fought to protect. Even though the Democrats that have forced the health care takeover claim that “it’s for our own good” or “it’s for the children” or “it’s historic”, in fact it is an attack on our liberties as citizens and our constitutional system of government. It is a step toward tyranny. Who will defend us against this attack from within?

    If we citizens of America value our liberty we must destroy the monster, repeal the bill, throw out the politicians who foisted this miserable mess upon us. Years ago during a visit as a student to La Paz, the capital of Bolivia, my host pointed out a lamp post in the main city square. He proudly said, “Here’s where we hang our politicians.” Since then I’ve always thought that the regular hanging of a random politician or government official might focus the minds of those we send to Washington. Maybe they’d pay attention to the voices of citizens rather than assuming that they know better. Have them walk past that the lamp post on their way to work every day.

    Can it Possibly Get This Ugly?

    March 13th, 2010

    Is it believable?

    There is speculation that the Pelosi Democrats are planning to use an arcane maneuver called the Slaughter Rule to somehow pass the Senate healthcare bill without even voting on it. This is such a bizarre scenario that I can’t accept it as realistic. But should it happen the country would have ample reason to rise up in armed revolt.

    Triple Your Boodle – Answer The Census!

    February 5th, 2010

    You’ve probably seen one or more of the U.S. Government’s 2010 Census promotion ads. You’re supposed to believe that by filling out the census form you’ll be guaranteeing yourself goodies from the government. Now I suppose that to the socialists in congress and the White House this all makes sense. But then we learn that the Sun God’s minions will be spending $340 Million dollars on this advertising foolishness, including a $2.5 Million ad in the Superbowl TV coverage.

    In a Michelle Malkin article we also discover that “the Census will triple its total budget from 2000 to $15 billion.” That’s $5.00 per person in the U.S. Don’t you think a private firm could do the job for about $1.0 Billion or so, and walk away with a hefty profit? But then there would be no boodle for ACORN or your local equivalent. So it won’t be done.

    The IRS is reportedly buying lots of shotguns. I’m waiting for the Census Bureau to issue a similar request for quotations any day now.

    Smoking Wreckage

    December 24th, 2009

    In my minds eye I visualize the current before Christmas scenery. No white Christmas and carols there. No jingle bells. I visualize a general walking across a devastated, shredded battlefield, among the dead bodies and broken machines of war, still smoking and burning. The general could be of either army, the victor or the vanquished. It wouldn’t matter to this scene.

    So here we are, on Christmas Eve, and Harry Reid has battled for his vision of government control and eternal beneficence through regulatory domination of those evil insurance companies. “The peasants will understand,” he muses, “after a few have felt the sting of the lash. We’ll decorate the white house Christmas tree all in red ornaments next year, maybe with faces of Obama, Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot, Hugo Chavez, Che and Castro. That would be joyous.” As he walks through the wreckage, hands clasped behind his back, head bowed, Harry’s cell phone rings.

    It’s Nancy, breathless. “Good work Harry,” she purrs sweetly, “I knew you could do it. But now we need to start our reconciliation, don’t we? Do you know of a good place for us to hide while we carve up the booty?”

    “I dunno,” replies Harry. “But we better do it quickly before the Chicago boys get into the act. They’re really greedy, you know.”

    “Yes, I know.”

    Over the battlefield more storm clouds are gathering. Lightning strikes in the distance. The smell of death mixes with ozone and the dust becomes pungent as the rain begins. Harry hangs up the cell phone and pulls up the collar of his great coat. “Not only that bitch to contend with,” he says between clenched teeth, “but another vote. And now that everyone knows what it cost in bribes to get this far, every soldier I have left will be demanding boodle-for-fight after reconciliation. One just can’t count on loyalty these days.”

    It’s raining harder. The ground has turned muddy, somewhere sloppy, elsewhere sucking at Harry’s boots as he walks. The great coat leaks even with the collar pulled tight around his neck. Harry is feeling miserable and depressed. He contemplates the corpse of a dead enemy soldier and veers sharply to his left. “And then there’s the Supreme Court,” he whines. “Those jackals will be asked to rule on the constitutionality of our victory. We have a few allies in the court, but can we count on them? Hell no. Not yet. But maybe in the future.”

    Suddenly the scene changes. Segue into a sunny courtyard. It is filled with wheel chairs and stretchers. The sun beats down though “hallelujah clouds” just like the cover of a bible school prayer book. Except for the missing limbs and grievous burn scars the occupants look normal and happy. The Federal Government has provided them with Socialized Health Care. What a blessing.

    U.S. Govt. Database Complicit in Climate Data Deception

    December 14th, 2009

    An article in Save Capitalism blog exposes the dirty data manipulation engaged in by GHCN (Global Historical Climatology Network, a part of NOAA – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) as it pertains to temperature measurement records for Antarctica. The artcle’s author, an amateur, shows how the actual data has been adjusted to produce a bogus warming trend line. This is one of only about 3 data sets relied upon by all the climatologists, including Phil Jones of Climategate-CRU fame and our own “Dr. Doom” Hanson of NASA GISS (Goddard Institute for Space Studies). The article details how the temperature reports from 110 data series was reduced to essentially the data from 18, hand-picked to show a warming trend. If this isn’t scientific fraud, I don’t know what is.

    From this:

    To this:

    The subject was then picked up and elaborated upon by The Air Vent which further suspects that the data from a single, coastal station was actually used in the “science” of IPCC climatology.

    When the data is foul the conclusions are garbage. It doesn’t take a climate scientist to recognize this reality.

    Tracing the AGW Cheats Leading to Copenhagen

    December 8th, 2009

    Highly recommended See American Thinker who lays out a step by step description of how CRU fudged the data making up the basis for the Copenhagen wrecking ball now going on.

    His conclusion is also worth a thought or two:

    After all, the stakes are enormous: perhaps trillions of dollars and unquestionably every American’s personal liberties. Tomorrow, over 20,000 delegates from 193 nations will gather in Copenhagen to craft an agreement which would not only force American power consumption to levels equal to those of about 1910, but would also have us pay reparations for an imaginary “climate debt” we’ve accumulated by building the world’s greatest economy of all time. That debt is based on the amount of CO2 our financial growth has purportedly pumped into the atmosphere, which, according to the conclusions of the IPCC and based largely upon reports from the CRU, has selfishly imperiled the planet by inducing climate change.

    When the physical measurements contradict the theory, the theory is garbage. Throw out the theory. Don’t fudge the measurements to fit the theory. It doesn’t take a scientist to know that this is true. Anyone claiming scientific truth on the basis of untestable and fudged data is committing fraud, not science.

    Nut Case Leads U.N. IPCC

    November 30th, 2009

    The chairman of the U.N. IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) is Rajendra Pachauri, an Indian guru shaman scientist. But holy cow, whatever he is, he’s a nut case.

    (Like Al Gore and Our Sun God, Pachuari is a Nobel Prize (2007) recipient. Picture above)

    First, he says that whatever the fudging, lying, hiding, and mugging it took to assemble the IPCC climate change reports, they are completely reliable. Then, based on this sacred reliability he proposes some changes in worldwide behavior to be incorporated into the upcoming Copenhagen climate summit, under the contention that “our lifestyles are unsustainable.”

    Pachuari advocates:

    1) Metering energy consumption (including lighting, heating, air conditioning, etc.) of hotel guests, then charging them extra for their usage.

    2) Increasing taxation on air travel because “…people were still making the ‘irrational’ choice to fly. Taxation should be used to discourage them.”

    3) “..advocating, in an interview with the Observer, that people should eat less meat because of the levels of carbon emissions associated with rearing livestock.” (cattle farts)

    4) Saying “…car use would have to be ‘curbed’: ‘I think we can certainly use pricing to regulate the use of private vehicles.'”

    In other words, make the successful Western countries more like the less successful Asian countries. And that is exactly what the upcoming Copenhagen conference is designed to accomplish.

    Our bowing Obama is on his way to that conference to join France’s Sarkozy and Britain’s Gordon Brown, who propose that the developed world pledge at least $10 billion per year (in reparations for past industrialization) to be distributed to the less successful third world countries. Guess where they think that money should come from?

    Read the proposed treaty yourself.

    What we have here is a case of the crazy leading the blind.

    Cap & Trade IS NOT a Free Market Scheme

    November 25th, 2009

    What, exactly, is cap & trade? I’ll try to illustrate it here by example. Let’s say the government decides that the citizens are getting too fat. They declare that the ideal weight is (170 lbs. men, 110 lbs. women = average 140 lbs.) So it announces a cap and trade program allowing only (140 lbs. x 300 million citizens) 42 billion lbs. of body weight for the country. But the government knows that the actual body weight is 50% higher than that, or 60 billion lbs. So it sells licenses to fatties who weigh more than 140 lbs. each, allowing for the extra 70 lbs. per fatty. Fatties who don’t want to purchase the licences are simply weighed, then fined or taxed. But in return they get a fat license.

    Now comes the really clever part of the scheme. Fatties who lose weight can sell their fat licences to skinnies who want to gain weight, thus providing an incentive for fatties to slim down. But what incentive do the skinnies have to get fatter and pay for fat licences? Very little, indeed.

    The cap and trade scheme relies on the government reducing the cap year by year. So if the first year’s cap is 70 lbs per person and the cap is reduced to 50 lbs, then fatties who haven’t reduced their weight may have to pay for more fat licences. They can pay the government for these, or they can purchase them from fatties who have lost weight and don’t need so many fat credits on their licences.

    The fat licenses become less valuable as fewer and fewer skinnies decide to pork up and as fatties become skinnies. So the government reduces the cap more rapidly to maintain the value of fat licences and thus the incentive to lose weight and of course the revenue the government gets from selling the licences. All is sunshine, the nation is losing weight rapidly and soon everyone will be skinny.

    Advocates for cap & trade as CO2 mitigation such as the Environmental Defense Fund claim that cap & trade was successful in ending acid rain a few years back, so it should be used now. But, it is widely reported, the European Union’s cap & trade scheme has been a complete failure leading to economic damage and no significant CO2 reductions. Much of this failure is attributed to the inevitable corruption that results from government control of the economy. Politicians like to get paid re-elected, industries like to get favors.

    Let’s analyze this cap and trade scheme for what it really is. The whole scheme requires three things to work. It requires artificial scarcity (the cap), coersion (requirement to report weight and buy licenses for excess weight) and government price controls. None of these is a characteristic of a free market or a free society.

    So don’t be fooled. Cap and Trade is government regulation, economic interference and taxation.

    Obummer To Outgas in Copenhagen

    November 25th, 2009

    We now read that our Sun God President will promise at the upcoming Copenhagen climate conference big reductions in greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions from the U.S. What makes him think he can make and keep this promise? Presumably he’s basing it on the Boxer/Kerry bill making its way though the House of Representatives. But what does this portend for American citizens?

    See Andrew Breitbat’s Big Government for a succinct summary of why cap and trade is a terrible idea and won’t work even if you think it’s necessary to reduce CO2 emissions.
    Barbara Boxer’s Cap-and-Trade Energy Tax Won’t Work The summary of the article is as follows:

    The bottom line: Sen. Barbara Boxer’s Cap-and-Trade energy tax will cost your family up to $2,000 per year, will destroy about 2.4 million American jobs and will actually increase global greenhouse gas emissions.

    These multi-trillion dollar hits on the U.S. economy (socialized health-care, cap & trade, stimulus, bailouts) from the socialists in the white house and congress promise to wreck our economy and way of life for all time.

    Although many suspect that congress won’t pass cap and trade, especially if Pelosi-care passes and porks up the budget to bursting, don’t count on that.

    Also, see my prior article U.S. Sovereignty At Stake in Copenhagen concerning Copenhagen’s real objectives. Hint, it’s not about ecology, it’s about your wealth.

    Be vocal. Write your representatives. Join Club for Growth and FreedomWorks

    Congress a-Taxin

    November 20th, 2009

    High-Income Tax May Be Needed for Afghan War Cost, Levin Says Like I predicted a few articles back, here comes congress a-taxin. Can a VAT be far behind?

    The Vegetarian Rattlesnake

    November 18th, 2009

    ABC News reported on Monday that the recovery.gov web site, which is supposed to track all the stimulus spending and the jobs “saved or created” is so screwed up that the data is garbage. (more here) The site reports spending and jobs saved for numerous congressional districts that don’t even exist. Not that the government would ever intentionally lie, not that. See:Media is discovering the count of jobs saved by stimulus is fraudulent.. This doesn’t surprise me. After all, it’s good enough for government work.

    What shocked me is the cost of the government’s web site, $18+ Million dollars. As a programmer that makes no sense to me at all. How could a web site cost that much?

    Now, Thanks to SunlightLabs we get some insight into how the government manages to spend $18+ Million on a web site that reports false information, i.e., garbage.

    It turns out that the $18 Million isn’t even the total cost, because the garbage information fed into recovery.gov comes from another site called FederalReporting.Gov, and its cost appears to be another $19 Million. The whole mess didn’t become active until this October, eight months after the stimulus program was announced. Here’s a sample from that part of the circus:

    The Office of Management and Budget required fund recipients to report on their stimulus projects by Oct. 10, which meant the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board had little time to get a reporting system up and running. In fact the board, on Oct. 10, pushed back the deadline 10 days to accommodate recipients who were having difficulty filing. The board originally anticipated federal agencies allocating funds would use their own information technology systems to transmit reports about awards. But that idea quickly faded.

    The first bad sign was Grants.gov needed $5 million to get in shape,” says board Chairman Earl Devaney, citing the online doorway to all federal grants. “We can’t afford to fix all the broken systems in the federal government to make this work, and the agencies don’t have the money to do that.

    Devaney decided to build something from scratch – almost. The Environmental Protection Agency already had a good thing going with its reporting system, which tracks regulatory compliance information from states, tribes, local governments and industry. So in mid-June, the board piggybacked onto EPA’s contract, awarding a $19 million task order to establish a stimulus reporting site. Within five months, contractor CGI Federal and the board had fashioned the blueprint for an old EPA data exchange into a financial reporting system intended to resuscitate the nation’s finances.

    (Emphasis added.)

    Translating, Devaney decided not to spend $5 million to fix a system they already had. Instead he spent $19 Million to make a new one, admitting in the process that it would probably, like all other government technology be broken from day-one. So it appears that the whole government fiasco (two web sites) cost something like $37 Million to set up. What it costs to operate I suspect nobody knows and nobody in government cares.

    The cost of developing a web site derives almost entirely from manpower. If one deploys $37 Million for 8 months that would pay for 193 programmers paid $100 per hour, 60 hours per week. It looks like a plan to get the job done with a million monkeys on a million typewriters. Yes, CGI Federal, the contractor for the FederalReporting.Gov part of the site has to make a profit, but then they don’t pay their employees $100 per hour, either. Any way you look at it this $37 Million expenditure is a boondoggle.

    To top that off, a private site called Recovery.Org appeared shortly after the stimulus was announced, and it has been in successful operation ever since. Recovery.org tracks stimulus money and detailed contracts in real time, broken down by state and city and even gives some job estimates. I contacted Onvia, the owner of Recovery.Org and asked how much money they spent to develop their web site. Unfortunately they didn’t get back to me in time for this article, but if the Onvia site took more than a dozen programmers and a few hundred thousand dollars to assemble, then I’ll send you a vegetarian rattlesnake from our Arizona desert.

    Government = Waste

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