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Archive for December 2010
…..hit ya in the hinder on your way out! Buh Bye!
The 111th Congress is officially over, and according to Gallup, it’s also officially the worst Congress in the history of polling. Yet despite its 13% approval rating there are those who are hailing the 111th Congress for its myriad legislative “accomplishments.” Not surprisingly, many of those touting those “accomplishments” are the very members of Congress who voted for the legislation in the first place. Starting at the top with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), you find a woman who is not at all ashamed of the legislation she has passed, despite the disastrous poll numbers. Pelosi says she is “very, very proud of the work that was accomplished by this Congress.”
The American people, though, think differently, and they have already issued their verdict on the 111th Congress by way of an earthshaking election in November. If you take a look at some of Congress’ big-ticket “accomplishments,” you might understand where they’re coming from. Here’s a look at 10 major pieces of legislation coming out of Congress the last two years and why Americans might not be so pleased:
Yep. It’s that time of the year! The end! And personally, I’m quite grateful to see this one come to a close. Is it the last year of the decade, or the beginning of the last year? Some folks will dispute that, but I’m more inclined to think we’re on the edge of the beginning of a new decade. Whatever….2010 is creeping towards it’s end! Thank you Jesus!
There’s going to be a lot of “year that was” type commentary going around. (The Wall Street Journal is a good start for your reading “pleasure”.) Yep….it was quite a year, alright! And not exactly one that most would like to remember. Politically, it was a nightmare, with the last few weeks as the climax. It’s that dream ya have of falling, and falling, and falling…. waking up right before ya hit bottom….on 11/2. Unfortunately for us, the nightmare continued on for way too long. Oh, I know….some folks out there think it was just a great year, or at least a step in the ‘right direction’ for them. Well, the rest of us don’t agree. We, the rational, logical types happen to prefer liberty over tyranny. How did we ever get saddled with so many who prefer someone else to run their lives?
The list is so long, and y’all know the damage that needs to be reversed, starting with ObamaCare, so i won’t go into it. Suffice it to say, if the GOP doesn’t grow a BIG pair, we can kiss them goodbye! We will either be stuck with the socialist Democrats as the “ruling party”, or we will see a meteoric rise of a completely NEW political party, one that remembers the Constitution, and will govern by it. (Uncle Ted has some good advice for the 112th Congress.) I’m cautiously optimistic, with a lot of skepticism thrown in, here and there. But to be perfectly honest, I don’t have much faith in those who have been in D.C. so long, they have forgotten what it is to live in the REAL world, and that covers BOTH parties. We shall see. But the power that be better remember….we ARE watching them, and we will NOT put up with anymore of their caca de toro!
On the personal front, I am SO happy this year is ending, and wish I could say all the issues that we’ve been dealing with are over now. I’d REALLY like to say it, but it’s not true. Some of those issues are pouring into 2011 with a vengeance! sigh… But, perhaps, in the next week or so, it’ll all be dealt with, and we can get back to what we consider almost normal. I’m not going to go into details, but suffice it to say…prayers wouldn’t be a bad idea for a positive outcome. Thanks!
I don’t make resolutions anymore. I realized a long time ago, either I was going to do something, or I wasn’t, and it didn’t matter if I decided on the first day of a new year, or the two hundred and first. I am who I am, and that’s all there is to it! Like it, or lump it. I ain’t going to make changes just to please someone else, who, in the grand scheme of things, don’t mean diddly in my life! I will, however, try to accommodate those who really DO matter. My prayer….“Please Lord, don’t let me embarrass You today!” I don’t always succeed, but I do try my best!
So, as we move into this new year, and new decade, I pray the best for you and yours! (Weren’t we suppose to have flying cars by now?)
I’m having another one of those days. I’m so totally fed up with the goings on in this country, I’m TRYING really hard not to be angry, and turn into something resembling those hate filled libtards, that find depicting the death of the Governor elect of Wisconsin funny, and worth promoting on the WI Dem website. I’m wishing there was some way those union thugs could be charged with involuntary manslaughter for their part in causing the deaths of several people, including a newborn baby. Obama spends a boatload of our money to take a vacation and then foists another weasel on us. And that’s just a few of things that are chapping my hide today. So, sometimes, it’s better to just step back, than totally let loose. Although, that may be coming in the not too distant future.
Liberal Give ‘Til It Hurts (You)
by Ann Coulter
Liberals never tire of discussing their own generosity, particularly when demanding that the government take your money by force to fund shiftless government employees overseeing counterproductive government programs.
They seem to have replaced “God” with “Government” in scriptural phrases such as “love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37)
This week, we’ll take a peek at the charitable giving of these champions of the poor.
Movement at the state level to boost the minimum wage next year could give President Obama some much-needed juice in his stalled push to raise the federal minimum and peg it once and for all to inflation.
Seven states are set to raise their minimum wage on Jan. 1 in a move estimated to benefit hundreds of thousands of workers. Despite concerns that government-mandated wages will make skittish employers even more reluctant to hire workers, supporters say the changes are not drastic enough to dent the size of the payroll, and if anything it will help the economy by putting more money in the pockets of those most likely to spend it.
Just what does it take to get through to these people? Raising the minimum wage does NOTHING but increase the price of EVERYTHING!
Let’s say you are a single mother, working a minimum wage job because you dropped out of school and have no marketable skills. You are learning a skill through this entry level job, but have yet to move up. You take your small child to day care, because finding someone to watch your child for free is an impossibility. The workers at the day care center are also making minimum wage in their entry level jobs. You get an increase because the law says so. But so does that person watching your child. This, by necessity increases the cost of care of your child. That ‘raise’ you received through the ‘generosity’ of the government has done nothing to improve your circumstances. You do not get to keep that increase, as it is needed to pay for the increase in every other goods and services you use on a regular basis. EVERYTHING!
Now, you are struggling just as much, if not more so than you were before the government stepped in. Sadly, your employer can no longer pay for all the employees, so he must let one or two go, in order to make up for the increase in his/her costs. Since you are one of the last to be hired, you will be the first to be let go. Now what? Well, there is always welfare, right? A great dependency on the government for your sustenance. You can no longer afford that nice little one bedroom apartment you were so proud of getting into, paid for by the earnings you made yourself. The choice is a shelter, government housing, or the street. Or maybe your car? You know the old one that your dad gave you because he knew you needed one to go to work. But now, you can’t afford to put gas in it to look for another job because the government decided that drilling for oil was a bad thing, and the price of one single gallon has risen so much, you have a choice between milk for your child, or gas for the car.
I realize that there are so many in government that have never lived in the real world, had to struggle to make ends meet, but perhaps they should start listening to those who have actually lived through the increases, and find out just how much they do NOT help? Minimum wage was never meant to be a ‘living wage’. It was meant to be a starting point. You work hard, learn your skill, climb the ladder, and increase your earnings. Those ‘advocates’ for the increase can’t possibly be as ignorant as they appear.
Here’s an idea. How about letting people earn what they are worth? Just a thought.
Obama Will Make You Pay More at the Pump
“What do you say to people who are losing patience with gas prices at $3 a gallon? And how much of a political price do you think you’re paying for that, right now?” This was a question asked of the president at a press conference in August…of 2006. The president was George W. Bush. In fact, it was a question that was asked in one way or another regularly during the entire eight years of the Bush presidency, regardless of where energy prices stood at that moment.
In May 2004, The New York Times reported that congressional Democrats “were stepping up pressure on the Bush Administration to ease gasoline prices,” when prices were still under $2/gallon. In April 2005, at another press conference, a journalist stated: “Mr. President a majority of Americans disapprove of your handling of social security, gas prices…” In 2006, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) exclaimed: “Since George Bush and Dick Cheney took over as president and vice president, gas prices have doubled…They are too cozy with the oil industry” after she drove one less-than-energy-efficient block to a press conference at a local Exxon station.
Stop the State Bailouts Before They Start
Hamtramck, Michigan, is running out of money. City Manager William Cooper tells The New York Times: “We can make it until March 1—maybe.” And Hamtramck is not alone. According to the Times, 15 municipalities have pursued bankruptcy in the past two years. And if the economy does not improve revenues, many other local governments will be in the same boat.
Many of these cities, like Hamtramck, have already cut spending on parks, senior centers, and road maintenance. But there is one area they can’t cut: salaries, benefits, and pensions of government workers. According to the Times, 60 percent of Hamtramck’s general fund goes to paying 75 current police officers and firefighters and about 240 worker and spouse pensions. “They kind of have the Cadillac plan,” Cooper tells the Times, “and we’d kind of like the Chevy.”
Uh…why are U.S. tax dollars used to shore up FOREIGN banks?
Using kids to do their dirty work says more than enough about these revolting excuses for human beings.
If I’m reading this right, students no longer have to pass exams to get their diploma? When did this happen? You don’t pass, you don’t graduate. You go to summer school! Or repeat the course the following year. How difficult is that? No wonder kids aren’t prepared for the real world. They are being taught in fantasy land! Talk about dumbing down our kids!
Trains versus food? It SHOULD be a no brainer, but then…too many people have no brain these days. Obviously no one has noticed…we aren’t Europe, and trains are not a big part of our lives. AmTrak runs in the red, and has to take subsidies from US to make ends meet. Why the blazes are people pushing for trains that may create jobs for a while, but what happens after they are built? Other than few people using them, the farmland will be gone, less food produced, and we have another black hole for tax dollars.
If one more Democrat whines about the debt THEY CREATED, I will have to SMACK someone.
Gee. Wonder why the West would be so “hostile” to Iran having nukes? Could it be because Iran is so flippin’ hostile to the West? Wanting to destroy Israel and the U.S.? Well, shoot, I, for one, take their threats rather personally. In fact, if Iran was turned into a large field of glass, I don’t think I’d be bothered one little bit! Crazy people should not have big, destructive, toys to play with.
Even one shooting death of a police officer is one too many! We’ve become a society that no longer respects human life, and it’s reflected in many ways, not the least of which is the murder of law enforcement officers.
I wonder why this article doesn’t mention how the unions have run companies out of the country with their ever increasing demands for more and more ‘entitlement benefits’? Foreign countries don’t have this problem, so companies are able to hire more workers. Here, a company will end up closing it’s doors because unions don’t believe a worker should plan for his/her own retirement, and be supported by the company for the rest of their lives. What a crock of crapola! Grow UP! Be responsible for yourself. And stop expecting others to support your sorry asses!
So, the whiny Brit diplomats don’t like the death penalty, for any reason. Don’t care! Y’all need to grow a pair! I wish we would use it more often! Child rapists shouldn’t be allowed to live at the expense of anyone, even Brit taxpayers. Honestly, I think we should be LESS humane when putting these types of animals out of our misery!
This is another example of when the death penalty should be used! Rest in peace sir!
Buh bye! Don’t let the door hit ya in the hinder on your way out!
Reince Priebus used to be RNC Chairman Michael Steele’s closest ally. Now, Priebus is trying to take his former boss’s job.
Described by someone who knows him as, “likeable enough but a little socially awkward,” Priebus tendered his resignation as top legal counsel for the RNC on Sunday, December 5. The following day he announced his decision to run for the chairmanship, writing in a letter to committee members, “There is too much at risk for our party and, more importantly, for our country. That is why I am running for Chairman.”
Working with the Republican Party in Wisconsin, I had the opportunity to meet Reince several times. A real nice guy, and a serious conservative. He always seemed a tad on the shy side to me, but never hesitated to speak his mind, on a vast number of subjects with authority.
Priebus has been described by supporters as a “staunch conservative,” and judging from his public comments that appears to be accurate. “Real damage is being done by President Obama and the Democrats in power,” Priebus said in a video announcing his candidacy. “If they win another term, the damage could be irreversible.”
He’s right! This country can’t take much more of the liberal agenda, and regain it’s strength as a nation. We have been sold down the river, and overwhelmed by the push towards socialism/statism.
Not long after Priebus announced his candidacy, FrumForum reported that the law firm Priebus works for in Milwaukee, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, listed him as part of a team that helped secure stimulus funds for clients. Priebus denies the connection. “I have never worked on or been involved with that group or any group that involves stimulus money in any way. I’m not involved with any effort to secure any funds from the stimulus bill, period,” he explained. “I have discovered that the link on my bio page was put there in error. The link will also be removed as soon as possible.”
Despite the denials, conservative blogs seized on the story, accusing Priebus of trying to cover up his past. “If the Republican Party wants to regain its credibility with its base and a rising tide of Tea Party-minded voters, it simply cannot nominate…stimulus junkies like Reince Priebus to head its national organization,” wrote BigGovernment’s Dan Riehl.
Dan Riehl might be a big name in the conservative world, but I have had occasion to question his facts. This isn’t the first time he’s written about a conservative in the negative, and had no facts to back them up. Running with rumors, and not stating they are rumors seems more like a liberal tactic. I thought conservatives wanted the truth? This disturbs me. And it should disturb any true conservative as well. I’m going to take a wild stab, and say Riehl supports Saul Anuzis for the position? Can’t imagine his bad mouthing Reince for any other reason, and even THAT isn’t a good reason.
Before taking over the Wisconsin Republican Party in 2007, Priebus worked as a committee staffer in the state legislature. He attended law school at the University Miami School of Law, and has clerked for the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Wisconsin, the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in Los Angeles.
In other words, he’s a real smart cookie, and has had experience in a lot of areas of the law. As long as we stick to the Constitution, we should see some improvement in our nations. Otherwise, we are sunk. Gone the way of the Roman Empire.
The position of chairman for the RNC is an important one. I like Michael Steele, but I have been extremely disappointed in his lack of strong leadership. Smoothing ruffled feathers of the left is NOT his job! I like Saul Anuzis, and I think he’s make a pretty good chair too. He is, by all accounts, and what I’ve witnessed, quite the conservative as well. So, between Reince and Saul, we have a pretty good choice. At this point in time, I think either would do a good job.
Now, I’m only technically a Republican. In reality, I’m a CONSERVATIVE. Once upon a time, that also meant Republican, but the party turned into Dem Lite, and lost it’s way…forgot the values of the party, which are still stated in the platform, but sadly ignored by so many. This country doesn’t need a wishy washy leader in charge. It needs a kick ass, take names REAL leader. Kind of wish Palin was in the running.
There have been enough divisions in this party, we sure don’t need anymore. Whoever gets the nod will need everyone standing behind him. If the new chair starts to stray, again, he will need a strong backing to shove him back on track!