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Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. - Albert Einstein
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
How bad are things getting?
Well they are getting real, real bad. Revenue is way down compared to what was collected same time last year. And remember how last year, according to the MSM, we were in a horrible recession and doomed - also Bush was in the WH, and the media had a vested interest in getting a dmeocrat elected - but are we hearing anything about how much worse things are now from them? Heh, don’t bother. They would likely blame Bush for it still. But the numbers don’t lie:
The short story is that things are getting worse. Much worse. And while I am sure the moonbats will blame Bush, the fact is this is happening because of them. Do not forget to put this revenue shortfall into perspective either. We have borrowed $4 trillion, plan to borrow as much as $10 trillion - so far, there is room for a lot more according to the left - over the next 10 years, and that doesn’t include the healthcare takeover by government. The housing market is also still heading south, despite, or perhaps exactly because of, all the government meddling and hocus pocus. Couple that with the massive new “Cap and Tax” hike, and you are now looking at horrible economic killers. The stock market is showing that. And energy prices are coming back up. Inflation is inevitable, and when it comes it will hurt. I should mention that my credit card company yesterday sent me a notice that they were moving away from a fixed annual rate to a varying monthly interest rate that would be tied to a fixed number plus prime. This is the stuff you expect to see when people are worried about rampant inflation.
Welcome to a repeat of the Carter years!
Cross posted at Wasting time with Alex
Where are we headed?
You know America is heading in the wrong direction when the Germans figure out they need tax cuts to create economic growth, the one and only indisputable proven way to do it BTW, while in America, the nanny state where the WH regulates lighting, the new spending and taxes keep on piling on and are already seen as game changers for the 2010 elections. Seriously. Our economy is imploding, government is doing its best to make it keep heading south, people are losing work left and right, and Obama’s priority, well other than having government grab control of healthcare for everyone but democrats and politicians, is lighting efficiency standards?
Yeah, this sure makes me believe this is about stopping AGW. My bet is GE, or some other big democrat donor, has a new light bulb that nobody really wants and the WH is going to help them sell a lot of them. In return for a nice large donation, indirectly and well hidden, to the donkey’s campaign coffers, of course. This is not the first payback for services rendered, anyway. We Americans are now subsidizing “big and greedy” corporations, the ones democrats love to demonize but then cozy up with, and making them rich. All courtesy of that massive 1500 page bill, most of it still unwritten and definitely unread, that will stick US taxpayers with a $161 billion dollar annual tax hike, the largest single tax ever levied in our history, that was passed by the house, in the dark of night and by the hairs on Pelosi’s ugly mug, while the MSM had everyone focused on Michael Jackson’s freak death. Let’s hope the bill crashes and burns in the Senate. Today it’s California, a not too distant tomorrow considering where the collectivists are taking us, it will be the U.S. of A.
Cross posted at Wasting time with Alex
Posted by AlexinCT on 06/30/09 at 05:54 AM in Cullyforneah Left Wing Idiocy Politics Law, & Economics Science and Technology • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Monday, June 29, 2009
Obozo Strikes Again
One of the risks of having a glorified ward heeler in charge of the country is that sometimes the left hand won’t know what the farther left hand is doing. Such is the case with the Obama administration. Witness this little gem from Teleprompter Obumbles:
Why is Obama’s terminology significant?
And if you ACT NOW, you’ll recieve a statement from one of Obama’s cabinet members that undermines US Law, ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!! (h/t Billy Mays):
So just like Iran, Obama is hedging his bets that somehow this will be resolved in a manner in which he doesn’t have to display the convictions expressed by his big flappy mouth, despite the fact that the military in Honduras was following a court order issued because the Zelaya was violating his own country’s laws. He’s proved to be just as pathetic of a scholar of the Honduran constitution as he was of the American one. Furthermore, he has stood by and hasn’t said a fucking word about Hugo the Pock-faced Howler Monkey threatening to invade Honduras, um, unilaterally.
This administration wears clown shoes 24/7. They could pull the chimps from the Washington Zoo and the chimps would end up doing better than Obama and his three-ring circus just by sheer accident.
The Obama Healthcare plan promise
Posted by AlexinCT on 06/29/09 at 05:48 PM in Health Care Left Wing Idiocy Politics Law, & Economics • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
As Good As Gold
Among the many ways Obama is proposing to pay for his healthcare debacle is limiting the tax deductibility of some health care plans—the so-called “gold plated” plans. Guess who, besides the politicians themselves, will be exempt from this tax.
Yup, got it in one:
Smacks? Smacks? This doesn’t smack of political favoritism, it’s punches in the balls. You will hardly find a definition of political favoritism that is more precise than “we are taxing everybody except these guys”. Those healthcare benefits, incidentally, are one of the principal factors bankrupting the automakers.
Later in the article, they defend this idea by noting that unions negotiated their healthcare benefits expecting a certain tax structure and it’s not fair to change the tax structure on them in midstream. But that could be said of everyone. We all negotiate our pay and benefits with certain expectations about taxes and regulations. Many of us invest our life savings or years of work in a field expecting a certain fiscal environment. Whether this negotiation takes place collectively or individually shouldn’t make a difference. I don’t see the Democrats getting all worked up by doctors being hurt by cuts in Medicare fees. Or retirement funds being gutted by the Chrysler/GM bankruptcy shenanigans.
Let’s also clarify what, in the liberal mind, constitutes “gold-plated”:
Now think about this for a moment. Obama’s healthcare plan—despite his claims—may make you upgrade your insurance. If your health insurance does not meet the federal guidelines, you will have to buy a more expensive one. And it is very likely that the mandated federal plan will be expensive. As a State Senator, Obama voted 18 times to mandate insurance coverage of such things as laughing gas. Massachusetts has seen healthcare costs skyrocket, in part, because they put a hard maximum of $2000 on deductibles. If Obama gets his way—with both healthcare mandates and taxes—there may be very narrow window in which you will not be taxed for your healthcare coverage.
Unless you’re a union member.
Or, I suspect, you buy into the “public option” which, as you know, is definitely not going to be subsidized by the government, no sir.
Actually, that last part make some sense. Whatever the public option is, I expected the only “gold plating” will be on the coffins of its poor subscribers.
SCOTUS reverses Sotomayor on Ricci decision
There is now a SCOTUS ruling on the Ricci case, and it contradicts by a 5-4 vote that ruling by Sotomayor that dismissed the complaint of the white firefighters claiming discrimination. For more details and comments check out the entry ”What Ricci says about the Supreme Court’s views of Judge Sotomayor” over on the SCOTUS Blog:
Anyhow, basically the SCOTUS judges are saying that no employer can just discriminate based on race, so they can avoid lawsuits claiming racial discrimination, without real proof of said discrimination. Especially when the suits claiming racism are going to be based on flimsy accusations of racism. That’s what the city of New Haven claimed was their reason for throwing out the firefighter exams: lawsuits claiming discrimination. But what struck me as ludicrous was that while the lawyers agree, by a thin margin I guess, that Sotomayor was way off and needed to be reversed, that they did not want to hurt her feelings or come down on her stupid decision to hard? This is too much PC nonsense for me, man.
One thing I sure hope comes from this is a lot of directed questions during the Sotomayor confirmation hearing to make sure she understands what she got wrong and why. I guess that Latina woman was not as wise as she thought she was, and she needs to be reminded of that.
Cross posted at Wasting time with Alex
Posted by AlexinCT on 06/29/09 at 10:22 AM in Left Wing Idiocy Politics Law, & Economics • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Sunday, June 28, 2009
And I Would Have, Too, If It Weren’t For You Meddling Kids
While Iran’s government was cracking down on the country’s protestors for speaking out against a fraud election, Obama adopted a “watchful waiting policy.” After a week of Iran and its hired thugs murdering its citizens, Obama finally issued a milquetoast statement of “concern” that the world “would bear witness,” culminating in a disinvitation of Iranian diplomats to his July 4th weenie roast (no, that’s not where they cook Robert Gibbs and David Axelrod on a spit, more’s the pity).
Obama didn’t exactly distinguish himself as a statesman during this period, holding off on saying anything that could be construed as provocative because he didn’t want to be seen as “meddling,” while simultaneously trying promote his Cairo speech as the spark that started the protest which he refused to support. Leftists and some conservatives praised him for this stance, saying he was “setting the right tone,” (and the number of lefties stating this on blogs was so ubiquitous it was undoubtedly issued by Axelrod’s astroturfing organizations).
That disinclination towards meddling seems to have suddenly abandoned Obama this week, however:
Essentially, what happened was that the Honduran Supreme Court ruled that the referendum on whether Zelaya could extend his term was a violation of the country’s constitution, (Dan Collins explains it here in more detail)and when the general who would have been responsible for distributing the ballots was sacked, a court order was issued to detain Zelaya “for repeated violations of the constitution,” and he was subsequently kicked out of the country after resigning. (Fausta has been following this in great detail here--check the blog entry for his translations and links to other sources of information on this)
Seeing a fellow communist sympathizer ousted, Obama immediately sprang into action:
Remember, folks, “meddling” is only okay when one of Obama’s left-wing buddies is removed for violating his country’s constitution. Maybe the President had been hoping to get some pointers for future reference.
A Sound So Loud is Silenced
June has not been a good month for celebrities:
Everyone, of course, knew Billy Mays for his VERY LOUD SALES DELIVERY STYLE, and he was mocked relentlessly for it. He wasn’t above poking fun at himself, though, as his ESPN commercials proved.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled political fussing and fighting.
Suffer The Little Children … For Real
Oh, that wonderful Canadian system:
In a socialized system with sensible distribution of healthcare, I guess it doesn’t make sense to stock up on NICU beds. Just not cost-effective you see. Plus, I’m sure their beds are filled with all the premature American babies being smuggled across the border to take advantage of free healthcare.
I’m genuinely curious—does anyone have a story about a premature infant being turfed out of the hospital by the cold, calculating, corporate US healthcare system? Because I personally know doctors who’ve done tens of thousands of dollars of unpaid work to save a premature uninsured baby. What the fuck good is “universal healthcare” if you have to take your baby to a foreign country to get him critical medical care?
I just can’t wait until critical (and timely) decisions like this are made by a federal review board. Parents will be able to avoid the sturm and drang and just watch their baby die knowing that some federal chart says that NICU isn’t worth it for a baby born that early. Plus, if we just call the preemies stillborn, we’ll both improve our infant mortality rate and save money.
(I’ll leave aside, for the moment, out stupid Canadian passport law.)
The Meme With No Legs
If you want to know why, despite my environmentalist tendencies, I oppose radical action like the Waxman Bill—I mean apart from Washington’s tendency to turn even the most benign intentions into cesspools of pork, corruption, influence peddling and, according to Alex’s post, VaporLaw—here’s why:
Yes, the environmentalist view of nature as cute and cuddly has once again run into the reality of nature as red in tooth and claw. Yes, it turns out that dragonflies have taste for baby frog legs.
I used to hear about this frog leg business all the time from greens. They never had an idea of precisely what was causing the problem—just that it had to be some, like, chemicals or stuff, dude. And it was, of course, all the fault of Reagan, Bush or Congressional Republicans, depending on who was occupying the White House at the time.
No one is in favor of pollution and I’m all for getting chemicals out our water. But when people scream for action NOW NOW NOW NO QUESTIONS! we need to keep the frog legs in mind. Some environmental concerns—lead, acid rain, polluted water, overfishing—are real (although rarely solved by the preferred policies of liberals). Some—like overpopulation—are bullshit. Thankfully, this one turned out to be bullshit. And even more thankfully, we didn’t turn our economy upside down because someone had to do something, anything!! about the poor damned frogs. Instead, we combined sensible enforcement of Clean Water provisions with further scientific research.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 06/28/09 at 07:07 AM in Science and Technology • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Scew me sideways!
Well we deserve what we get. It looks like that Cap and Tax bill that congress just passed, adding $161 billion dollars to what government now can waste, through the largest tax increase in American history, isn’t even written out yet! WTF??? Here is the entire text:
Did I already point out how crazy this stuff is? Can you imagine the outcry from the media and from the left if Bush had done something like this? This is not governing, this is shafting the American people before they can figure out they are being shafted. This is evil.
Cross posted at Wasting time with Alex
Yes We Can*
(*But We’re Not Going To)
What the hell, man?
Of the many wrong-headed policies of the Bush Administration, the policy of grabbing someone—hundred or perhaps thousands of whom were innocent—and detaining them indefinitely (e.g, for years) was one of the worst and most destructive to ultimate victory in the War on Terror. Read about Boumediene, a man who was imprisoned and likely tortured for eight years after it became clear he was not a terrorist.
If this policy is enacted—and it’s just trial balloons right now—we have a triple betrayal from Obama. First, a betrayal of his commitment to changing detainee treatment; second a betrayal of his commitment to not doing things by executive order and restoring the primacy of Congress in determining the rules regarding prisoners (as specifically stated in the Constitution); and third, a political betrayal of empowering the neocons. Once this policy becomes official, Obama will be smugly congratulated by the likes of Kristol and Krauthammer for finally seeing the light and vindicating their abusive and illegal policies. I have no idea why Obama wants to be patted on the head by the poltroons, but it seems to be a desire of his.
This is very fitting with the overall trend in this Administration. As Balko noted:
The more things “change”, the more they stay the same.
Update: As you would expect, Greenwald is all over this. Money quote:
The bankruptcy courts spring immediately to mind. Also, the ongoing efforts to bypass the filibuster.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 06/27/09 at 06:24 AM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Friday, June 26, 2009
Congressman that wanted to investigate ACORN forced to give that up?
It looks like John Conyers, a powerful democrat congressman and House Judiciary Committee Chairman will be abandoning his plans to probe ACORN.
It took a lot of balls for Conyers to come out and go after ACORN. This group of thugs & crooks are real well connected. They are directly responsible for some shady voting that helped elect Obama president. They have also been rewarded with billions of dollars of tax payer moneys for that effort. The list of seriously questionable things they are involved in is long. So I was impressed when Conyers, a democrat himself, came out in favor of investigating them. But, while I was worried some foul play might be involved, I felt perplexed by this turn around. A little research led me to find out that Conyers’’ wife, Monica Conyers, recently pled guilty to conspiracy charges and things came together immediately.
Oh sure, this could be a coincidence, but considering the pattern set where any media that gave the Obama people a hard time was banned and the shady IG firings, just to name a few retaliatory strikes that these people have taken, you will forgive me for suspecting a connection. One I am sure the MSM isn’t interested in pursuing or researching, I bet. This is one hell of a coincidence. Can you imagine the news cycle if something like this had happened during the Bush Admin years?
Cross posted at Wasting time with Alex
Posted by AlexinCT on 06/26/09 at 04:00 PM in Politics The Press Machine • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Cap and Tax, do or die…
As congress gets ready to rush through the biggest tax ever passed in America’s history - the hurry because congress can not afford more people to read their disastrous 1201 page bill, including their own members, for fear of the backlash - it needs to be point out that as we in America are heading for an economic disaster tied to this “Cap and Tax” bill, others are backing off.
There is a reason Al Gore shouted down the “deniers”. There is a reason congress needs to push through this abomination, in a hurry and in the middle of the night, too. Remember that practically nobody in congress has even read this damned behemoth yet! And the reason is the same: people are starting to get real science that disputes the “consensus science” crap that has been used by people like Gore and the people that want to have government take more of our income and control our lives, and this AGW thing looks less and less like science and more and more like a cult.
Cross posted at Wasting time with Alex
Update:: This monstrosity is now up to 1501 pages because Waxman added another 300 pages and only 3 hrs to debate these changes. Here are the details:
The description of what’s in the new amendment (#121) reads like a massive laundry list of special interest’s wish-lists, other such exemptions and goodies, and was likely added to make this sh*t sandwich palatable for some of the other democrats now on the opposite side. In the end though you can bet this went from a terrible idea to even worse than terrible.
Update:: We are hosed. So freaking hosed!
So the democrats know this bill is both destructive and will hurt the economy, as their attempt to protect the demco-rats up for r-election in 2010, and still they stick us with it.
Yes, it is. And it is also a significant loss for the American people and the American economy in general.
They sure did. If the future is a weaker and bleaker economy, 12% or higher unemployment, more people with less money in their pockets, and the power of government, which will now control even more of our behavior, drastically increased. In short, the future is going to make the Carter years look good. Emboldened by this win I am now certain they will also push true the new healthcare plan they want, and America is now finally on the way to becoming that “has been” the left so desperately want it to be, one that makes Zimbabwe look good, so that they can feel good about being victims.
Posted by AlexinCT on 06/26/09 at 07:04 AM in Left Wing Idiocy Politics Law, & Economics Science and Technology • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Thursday, June 25, 2009
The Trojan Horse of A Public Option
A great video, in case you think the claim that the “public option” healthcare will destroy private insurance is the product of a deranged mind:
They know it just as well as we do. This is not idiocy at work; it’s strategery.
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