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Archive for 20 July 2009
When I first became aquainted with blogs, I came across From Where I sit, authored by the ever popular, mild mannered ‘Elliot”. Well, he had this link for the first couple of chapters to a book, and I got hooked. I’ve been waiting, like….FOREVER…for him to finish that puppy and get it published. Well, it looks like my wait is over. As of last month, which I wasn’t aware, it was released.
Now, go pick up a copy! From what I read back when, you will NOT be sorry you did!
Courtesy of the brat!
Just some history points to brighten your day.
The teacher said, “Let’s begin by reviewing some American History.
Who said ‘Give me Liberty , or give me Death’?”
She saw a sea of blank faces, except for Little Johnny a bright Navajo Indian boy, who had his hand up: ‘Patrick Henry, 1775′ he said.
‘Very good!’ Who said, ‘Government of the People, by the People, for the People, shall not perish from the Earth?’
Again, no response except from Little Johnny, ‘Abraham Lincoln, 1863′.
The teacher snapped at the class, ‘Class, you should be ashamed, Little Johnny knows more about history than you do.’
She heard a loud whisper: ‘Screw the Indians,’
‘Who said that?’ she demanded.
Little Johnny put his hand up, ‘General Custer, 1862.’
At that point, a student in the back said, ‘I’m gonna puke.’
The teacher glares around and asks, ‘All right!!! Now who said that!?’
Again, Little Johnny says, ‘George Bush to the Japanese Prime Minister, 1991.’
Now furious, another student yells, ‘Oh yeah? Suck this!’
Little Johnny jumps out of his chair waving his hand and shouts to the teacher , ‘Bill Clinton, to Monica Lewinsky, 1997!’
Now with almost mob hysteria someone said ‘You little shit. If you say anything else, I’ll kill you.’
Little Johnny frantically yells at the top of his voice, ‘ Michael Jackson to the child witnesses testifying against him- 2004.’
The teacher fainted.
And as the class gathered around the teacher on the floor, someone said, ‘Oh shit, We’re screwed!’
Little Johnny said quietly, “The American people, November 4, 2008!”
Got my email update from my Representative, Marsha Blackburn:
Late this afternoon, the Energy and Commerce Committee resumed the markup of the Democrat health care bill. C-SPAN is covering the hearing and I would not be surprised if it goes late into the night. If votes allow, I will be on Fox Business with Neil Cavuto at 5:15 Central time to discuss the bill. The hearing takes place on the same day that this story from CNS news ran illustrating the history of TennCare and how it is similar to the plan before the House now.
More and more of my colleagues are asking me about the TennCare experience. Even Robert Gibbs got a question about it in the White House briefing today. Of course, Gibbs said that state health care plans should not be taken into account when considering the current proposal because they were not implemented to realize a cost savings. Mr. Gibbs is apparently unaware that cost savings are exactly why TennCare was implemented.
I am encouraged that the word is getting out and that more and more of my colleagues have reservations about this bill.
Well, TennCare is not a good example to follow, that’s for sure. An operation that should not have cost more than $10,000 ends up costing more than $17,000 when TennCare is involved. Multiply that by millions, and you get…..ObamaCare! Ta Da!
And Gibbs is still an idjit!
Will someone please explain to me how repairing a door is stimulating the economy, to the tune of $1,444,100!?!? Oh, yet now I’m hearing that the so called ‘Stimulous Bill” wasn’t intended to stimulate the economy, it was meant to sustain. Give me a flippin’ break. All that tax money isn’t stimulating, or sustaining, diddly! It is, however, causing a great deal of damage to the economy. Let’s face it, Congress, (read Pelosi) lied. Obama lied. But then, that’s what politicians do, right? And the ignorant just blindly follow along. Where are all the new jobs? I’d say the loss of millions of jobs would be a good indication that Obama and Company all have brown eyes. Full of male bovine excrement, don’cha know.
Last week, Michigan’s Bureau of Labor Market Information announced that their state’s unemployment rate spiked in June, hitting 15.2%, the highest rate since mid-1983. Five other states, Rhode Island (12.4%), Oregon (12.2%), South Carolina (12.1%), Nevada (12%), and California (11.6%) all have either matched or surpassed their all time unemployment highs. Nationwide, a total of fifteen states are now suffering from 10% unemployment. The Federal Reserve predicts that double digit unemployment will envelope most of the country later this year.
But despite the weakness of the economy nationwide, one region in the country is doing much better. Compared to the nation 9.5% unemployment average, at 6.2%, the unemployment rate in the Washington D.C. metro region is lower than any other major metropolitan area in the country. And there is no secret about the source of D.C.’s economic strength: the rest of the country’s tax dollars siphoned through the rapidly expanding federal government. Fifteen cents of every dollar the federal government doles out throughout the world is spent in the Washington area. Last year alone, the federal government poured $133 billion into the area making the federal government the source for about one-third of Washington’s $401 billion economy.
And, of course, the size of the federal government is exploding under President Barack Obama. According to the Partnership for Public Service, the federal workforce, currently at 1.9 million, is expected to grow to about 2.1 million during the Obama administration. That is comparable to the staffing level during the Johnson administration’s Great Society programs of the 1960s. And that does not even include the boon in industries that feed off of the trillions of dollars pumping through the federal government. Lawyers, lobbyists, and accountants have all been huge winners in the Obama economy.
The fundamental problem with all of President Obama’s policies: his wasted $787 stimulus bill, his trillion dollar cap and tax energy plan, his trillion dollar health plan, etc., is that none of them work to grow the economy, only redistribute it. So what does make the economy grow? The Heritage Foundation explains:
Importantly, economic growth is not the consequence of government policies or of some master economic plan. It results from millions of people individually seeking what is in their own interests by providing what is in the interests of others, and the collective consequence of their actions is to increase the number of jobs in the economy, the wages earned by workers, and the income and wealth of the nation.
In a free economy, an engineer in California identifies a new technology that increases energy efficiency, brings it to market, and makes millions. In the Obama economy, lobbyists in Washington carve out financial rewards for their corporate clients. In a free economy, a geologist in Houston identifies new energy resources that lower energy costs for everyone and creates thousands of jobs. In the Obama economy, lawyers in Washington find loopholes in thousand page-energy legislation that saves their clients millions. In a free economy, doctors work with patients to choose what medical procedures are best them. In the Obama economy, a single unelected board of bureaucrats decides which procedures will be paid for, and which will not.
President Obama has promised the American people there will be 138.6 million jobs by the end of 2010. He’s currently 4.2 million jobs short. As long as he keeps trying to control the economy by increasing Washington’s power, and wealth, the Obama jobs gap will only grow wider.
I wonder when people will wake up and realize that the change they voted for is not the change they are getting, and change is all they’ll have left in their pockets? Unless those who voted for the clown in chief really don’t want to be personally, responsible, and believe that government can run their lives better than they can? If that’s the case, then why don’t they all just enroll in a daycare center for moronic adults?
The last leg of our trip was marred by the inability to get that pecan waffle at Waffle House (they were packed), a waitress where we did go to eat calling us all Boo, an exploding red creme soda, and Ick getting ‘lost’, but other than that, it was a long trip we were all ready to have end at our destination….Podunk, Tennessee.
Ick has a rather colorful commentary on the day, if you’d like to get a few more details.
I did finally get my pecan waffle though, at Huddle House. It was pretty tasty, and I am now a happy camper. Got to sleep in my own bed….like a brick. 8 full hours of non interupted sleep, in my own personal meat locker. The cats were evidently smart enough to realize it would NOT be in their best interest to do any potty paw pokes this morning.