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Jobs will come when government stops trying to save them

March saw the strongest job growth rate since May 2007, but the White House is warning Americans that we still have a “long way to go” before the unemployment rate gets back down to levels we’ve become accustomed to in the past three decades. According to Fox News:

Obama’s chief economic adviser Lawrence Summers said on a pair of talk shows that a year after the passage of the stimulus bill, the U.S. economy still has “a long way to go.”

Summers said pushing the unemployment rate down from its current 9.7 percent level won’t be easy.

No, it won’t be easy, particularly since the Democrats and the President have absolutely no interest in taking the steps necessary to encourage economic growth. Read the rest of this entry »

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Teetering on the edge of destruction

It’s hardly surprising that the Hartford Business Journal is happy about the new Health Care Takeover legislation: Hartford has long been considered the Insurance Capital of the World, and the insurance companies are thrilled with the forced enrollment of 32 million Americans into their health insurance plans.

With sweeping federal health care reform now on the books, business owners are scrambling to make sense of a new range of tax breaks, coverage responsibilities and potential pitfalls by turning to benefits consultants, accountants and insurance brokers for advice and perspective.

Although the $940 billion legislation alters the way small businesses buy and supply health insurance, many of the changes won’t kick in until 2014. And clear answers are at a premium today.

“Small business owners will have more choices and greater accessibility to affordable health insurance, which will help them to attract and keep a talented workforce,” said Kevin Galvin, owner of Connecticut Commercial Maintenance Inc. in Hartford. He says small businesses like his will be the big winners under health care reform.

In fact, in the entire article, only one opponent to the legislation is quoted. Four proponents are interviewed, and two of those are from advocacy groups specifically in favor of the legislation. One more is a health insurance executive, and even Mr. Galvin quoted above, a small business owner, is also an organizer of a pro-legislation political organization. Read the rest of this entry »

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Intemperate Thoughts II

Several months have passed since my first set of Intemperate Thoughts. These are random thoughts that are short bits of reason. They are generally cynical, sometimes funny, often politically incorrect but (I hope) frequently insightful looks into the nature of politics, government, and everyday life.

Enjoy!

  1. So, we have to spend money on Welfare for people who can’t find jobs, but we have to have illegal aliens to fill the jobs that Americans “don’t want.” One wonders which jobs Americans wouldn’t want if Welfare wasn’t available…
  2. Does Nancy Pelosi need to apply for Carbon Credits when she travels by Air Force jet?
  3. Curling is gaining fans in the United States. I imagine people in this country once looked at fans of another Scottish-invented skill sport in much the same way as people who now make fun of us curling afficianados. cough! cough! golf cough! cough!
  4. If there is one thing Europe has taught us these last 50 years, it’s that “Universal Health Care” is universally mediocre, except for the wealthy and powerful who get access to the “good” doctors.
  5. I want to ask all those socialism-loving American college students out there: In what universe does an iPod count as a “need?”
  6. The Federal and State governments have been irresponsible and now want to balance their budgets by raising taxes. One wonders how the Government would respond to irresponsible families balancing their household budgets by taking money from other people at the point of a gun… Read the rest of this entry »

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Caulk won’t save our economy.

To improve our economy, President Obama wants us to spend tens of billions of dollars on… Caulk.

That’s right. The President believes that both our energy situation and the unemployment issues that far out-strip any projections made by his economic team can be solved by “weatherizing” our homes. All we need to do is hire hundreds of thousands of union laborers to add weatherstripping and caulk to lower our energy costs. This will have a ripple-effect that will resonate throughout our economy and kick-start the jobs machine. To do this, the Stimulus Package already signed into law provided billions of dollars for training workers to install caulk and other weatherizing improvements into people’s homes.

This is all part of President Obama’s “Green Jobs” initiative, which he extensively campaigned on and continues to hold up as the future of our domestic economy. He even went so far as to call insulation “sexy.”

I have a “sexy” idea for President Obama: Instead of focusing on “green jobs,” how about focusing on “jobs?” We can worry about the “green” part when we get back to that 8% unemployment level that he said his magical stimulus would prevent us from ever topping. Read the rest of this entry »

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Unemployment is up? This calls for immediate stalling!

As unemployment reaches 10.2 percent and another 502,000 jobless claims are filed, President Obama promises swift action:

The announcement came as the Labor Department reported another 502,000 new jobless claims, two high-tech mainstays announced big layoffs and the unemployment rate reached 10.2 percent.

Obama said the White House forum will gather CEOs, small business owners, economists, financial experts and representatives from labor unions and nonprofit groups “to talk about how we can work together to create jobs and get this economy moving again.”

I don’t know why this Administration keeps reminding me of Monty Python. Maybe because it’s so apropos. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Cult of Obama

(H/T David Hinz)

Adolf Hitler created a cult of personality around him to propel his party’s victory in the Reichstag from a simple change of government into complete domination of the German state, with him as Mein Fuhrer. To do this, his propagandists promoted his image and his party’s symbol, the reversed-turned Swastika in a white circle, everywhere possible. He enacted socialist policies based on nationalism and fascist economics, where government heavily regulates businesses and props up failing but “critical” corporations. He and his propagandists used existing sentiments in Germany to promote those evil Jews as the cause of all of his nations problems leading up to the Great Depression; he then stole the wealth of this group to pay for his grand schemes.

Obama has done much the same thing. His symbol is his American-Flag inspired “Heartland O.” He has gone about enacting fascist economics and his Jews are those evil Wall Street bankers. His part dominates the government.

Now, we see this:

This is real, not a photoshop

This is real, not a photoshop

Disgusting.

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A Word on Praise

Ronald Wilson ReaganLet’s take a trip in the way-back machine.

It’s 1981.  Ronald Wilson Reagan is President. The Conservative Revolution has just begun. Millions of Americans have awakened to the idea that government is not the solution to their problems, but rather government is the problem.

Teachers, in an effort to spread this message, have their kids chant a poem:

Mmm, mmm, mmm
Ronald Wilson Reagan
He said we all must lend a hand
To make this Country strong again

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On the Wrong Side

The United Nations, the United States, the European Union and the Organization of American States have all  denounced the ousting of Manuel Zelaya as President of Honduras three months ago.  Zelaya has asked his supporters to descend upon the nation’s capital of Tegucigalpa in protest.  This would be all well-and-good, except for one important detail:

It wasn’t a coup.

HondurasA little background:

Zelaya was the elected President of Honduras.  Per the Constitution, he is limited to one term.

Zelaya attempted to have the Constitution amended so that he could serve another term.  The nation’s legislature refused.

Zelaya called for a non-binding referendum on a constitutional amendment.  The legislature refused.

Undeterred, Zelaya had ballots printed in Venezuela, shipped to Honduras, and ordered the military to hold the referendum.  The military refused.  A court battle between Zelaya and his own Attorney General ensued and Honduras’ Supreme Court ordered the referrendum stopped.

Still undeterred, Zelaya had his followers go to the mliitary base to take the ballots and distribute them.

Now, here’s where it gets interesting: Honduras’ Constitution specifically states that anyone who even suggests that a President should serve more than one term is guilty of treason. Read the rest of this entry »

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Unathorized Indoctrination

You knew I was going to comment on this eventually, didn’t you?

I am not one of those people who thinks that everything a teacher does needs the approval of parents before doing it. I think in many respects, parents are too involved with preventing teachers from doing their jobs and need to step back. This is especially the case with discipline, where too many parents keep teachers and administrators from properly punishing students.

Lots of teachers are great people whose only interest is inspiring young minds and encouraging them to reach for the stars, and I consider myself fortunate that the vast majority of mine growing up were just that. Most are little more than glorified babysitters, and I had several of these.

A few prove themselves to be true misanthropes:

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Take the Hit

Author’s note: I use an extended metaphor relating politics to football throughout this post.

President Obama in August 2008I’m not alone when I say that I love sports.  Whether it’s watching the Atlanta Braves or the Kansas City Royals, the Georgia Bulldogs or the Washington Redskins, the Detroit Redwings or the Philadelphia Flyers, I enjoy watching and sometimes playing sports, as do most Americans and people throughout the world.

Most sports are physical, where some form of contact between players is either a happenstance of the game or designed into the sport itself.  Take a look at football, where linemen push each other around attempting to either protect or sack the quarterback, and where tackling the ball carrier is a requirement.  In hockey hard hits, checking and the occasional shove are common.  Baseball sometimes requires a base runner to plow over a catcher.  In most sports, there is some manner of either striking, moving or standing in the path of another player.

The other day, I wrote about Barack Obama’s being upset with George Stephanopoulos’ use of a dictionary during an interview to define the word “tax.”  Since then, the analogy between politics and sports has been impossible for me to ignore.

Probably the most important position in football is Quarterback.  I’m a defense-minded fan and like to argue that linebackers make or break a team, but the reality is that without a quarterback to lead and to hand-off, toss, pass and occasionally even run the ball, the team cannot score points to win.  In the analogy between football and politics, the Democrats are currently on offense, that is, they are trying to push their agenda.  On the other hand the Republicans are on defense trying to stop the Democrats from “scoring,” or passing legislation.  Barack Obama is the quarterback, while Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden and other Democrats are other offensive players.  Read the rest of this entry »

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