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Archive for 28 December 2010
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!