Another Debate

Ok, so I didn’t watch the republican debate last night. They had a lot of nerve scheduling it against Monday Night Football. And not just Monday Night Football, but the Patriots!

So now I have to play catch up.

Here’s what I’ve heard so far. It’s been confirmed for me; Romney is a big government progressive republican. He’s dropped any pretense of Tea Partyism. He’s gone full-bore for support of beltway hack republicans. I do agree with John McRomney on one thing. Social Security is not a Ponzi scheme. It’s much worse. You must opt into a Ponzi scheme & you may also opt out at any time. It’s purely voluntary. See the difference?

Should Mitt show up at any Tea Party event, he should be booed off the stage.

Ditto for Ron Paul. He’s wacked. His stance on Foreign Policy is so far gone, it’s no longer even amusing. I can see George Washington blaming the Continental Congress for Englands’ attack on us. That’s enough of that.

I’m glad to see Perry sticking to his guns regarding Social Security. He can win this argument if he can educate the dopes out there using the Galveston Model or, as Herman Cain extolled, the Chilean Model. I still can’t support Perry largely due to his immigration stance. That just flys in the face of the Tea Party.

At this point, and I’ll probably regret this but, I’m liking Newt a whole bunch. He’s tough, smart, articulate & has all the right answers. I need to find out if he’s had a come to Jesus moment and is truly the Newt of old, or just really good actor.

I’ll have more as I get further into it.

9-11

Have you forgotten? Have you forgotten how shocked you felt? How sad you felt? How angry you felt? Where you were? The barrage of human emotions that overcame us all. I was shocked but not saddened. I was pissed off. Whoever did this needed to pay and pay dearly!

We haven’t forgotten and never will. We were angry and plenty of us, once we found out who the enemy was, wanted to wipe them from the face of the planet. Pearl Harbor also galvanized us against our enemies. It caused the same type of hatred for them, but unlike the Japanese & Germans (and the Italians), 40 or 50 years from now these animals will still be trying to kill us.

Although I do mourn the fallen on that day, I’m not as much upset at what happened 10 years ago as I am continually reminded how pitiful our response was & is. Hard choices must be made and I fear will not. We were able to end a World War in about 4 years & yet this is the never-ending story.

Today I mourn the brave men & women that die in battle for us in the name of the status quo. Not enough of us have the stomach to actually defeat this enemy. We don’t have the black & white WWII mentality.

Mourn the fallen today. Stop by a firehouse or police station & say thank you. Never forget how you felt so, God forbid, if it happens again, we can take care of it as if it were World War III, because it is.

God Bless

Spring is in the Air

Question: Who could have seen this coming? Answer: Anyone with a brain.

Ah, the Arab Spring. The democratic uprising of peaceful law-abiding citizens and Al Jazeera is there to document every harmonious moment. Oh, and to blame Israel. There they all were, minded their own business, when one of their innocent brethren was killed in cold blood. That would make anyone spontaneously riot, tear down walls and trash a building. Happens to me every week.

There is no possible way this was a setup. No one ever intended or did any preplanning to storm the Israeli Embassy. Unthinkable.

Seriously, wake up people. This is only the beginning. These are not isolated incidents. They may or may not have centralized coordination but it doesn’t require that. When whole swathes of people have like minds the outcome will be the same. The eventual destruction of Israel & the western culture.

So go ahead and cheer the great democratic uprisings and keep dismissing the obvious. Just remember Martin Niemoller; “They came for me and there was no one left …”.

Emperor Ben

I have researched the following article & it appears to be factual.

The first ever GAO audit of the Federal Reserve was carried out in the past
few months due to the Ron Paul, Alan Grayson Amendment to the Dodd-Frank
bill, which passed last year. Jim DeMint, a Republican Senator, and Bernie
Sanders, an independent Senator, led the charge for a Federal Reserve audit
in the Senate, but watered down the original language of the house bill
(HR1207), so that a complete audit would not be carried out. Ben Bernanke,
Alan Greenspan and various other bankers vehemently opposed the audit and
lied to Congress about the effects an audit would have on markets.
Nevertheless, the results of the first audit in the Federal Reserve’s nearly
100-year history were posted on Senator Sander’s web page (July 21, 2011).

What was revealed in the audit was startling:

$16,000,000,000,000.00 (TRILLION) had been secretly given out to US banks
and corporations and foreign banks everywhere from France to Scotland. From
the period between December 2007 and June 2010, the Federal Reserve had
secretly bailed out many of the world’s banks, corporations, and governments. The Federal Reserve likes to refer to these secret bailouts as an all-inclusive loan program, but virtually none of the money has been returned and it was loaned out at 0% interest. Why the Federal Reserve had never been public about this or even informed the United States Congress about the $16 trillion dollar bailout is obvious the American public would
have been outraged to find out that the Federal Reserve bailed out foreign banks while Americans were struggling to find jobs. To place $16 trillion into perspective, remember that GDP of the United States is only $14.12 trillion. The entire national debt of the United States government spanning its 200+ year history is only $14.5 trillion.

The budget that was debated so heavily in Congress and the Senate was only $3.5 trillion. Take all of the outrage and debate over the $1.5 trillion deficit into consideration, and swallow this Red pill: There was no debate about whether $16,000,000,000,000 would be given to failing banks and failing corporations around the world. In late 2008, the TARP Bailout bill was passed and loans of $800 billion were given to failing banks and
companies. That was a blatant lie considering the fact that Goldman Sachs alone received 814 billion dollars. As is turns out, the Federal Reserve donated $2.5 trillion to Citigroup, while Morgan Stanley received $2.04 trillion. The Royal Bank of Scotland and Deutsche Bank, a German bank, split about a trillion and numerous other banks received hefty chunks of the $16 trillion.

When you have conservative Republican stalwarts like Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Ron Paul (R-TX) as well as self identified Democratic socialists like Bernie Sanders all fighting against the Federal Reserve, you know that it isn’t an issue of Right versus Left. When you have every single member of the Republican Party in Congress and progressive Congressmen like Dennis Kucinich sponsoring a bill to audit the Federal Reserve, you realize that the Federal Reserve is an entity onto itself. The Fed has no oversight and no accountability and they’ve fought for years to keep it that way. Wonder why?

They’ve done such a good job of covert ops & coverup, maybe Uncle Ben should be the next CIA Director? That is, after he’s released from the prison he should be in.

Congress should return our country to its original monetary system and do its duty to regulate the coining of the currency of America as per the U.S. Constitution.

Author: Unknown / Attribution: Greg

Last Night

Bully for Rick Perry for calling Social Security what it is, a Ponzi scheme. For that, I’m a little more hopeful. He should’ve really gone on the attack regarding the Global Warming myth. I haven’t been a Perry man & I’m not still, but I’ll keep watching and listening. Still have questions; mainly illegals & executive orders. He needs to be more down-home. Let his hair down, as it were. That was one of W’s most endearing qualities.

Boo Hiss for the reasonable Romney for believing we’re too stupid to hear the truth about Social Security. It’s too bad Mr. Romney thinks it’s too scary for people to hear. He is a moderate, maybe even a progressive. He certainly appears to be a big-government republican.

Herman Cain is awesome. His 9-9-9 plan sounds very promising. Every answer he gave was well thought, reasoned & passionate. He does need to lighten up a bit. Be more endearing. He’s one of only two that speaks in plain English, not political bullcrap speak. The other is Newt.

Michelle Bachmann, whom I love, can’t be elected. I am now convinced of it. I wish I were wrong. You might as well prop up a wooden manikin. I like what she says, but she sure doesn’t show it. I see absolutely no passion. She barely moves. That saddens me, but that’s the reality. Dress down a little. Drop the Over-the-top Barbie look. Get Real. Look for her to be the V.P.

Newt was awesome. He speaks plainly & with force. He says all the right things; taxes, Bernanke, energy. He is brilliant & would wipe the floor in a debate against Obama. Newt is the epitome of “Knowledge is Power”. He has everything I want except my trust. I’ve previously described him as a convenient conservative. He thinks like me when it appears to be safe to do so. It seems like when he gets some heat, he folds. Not good. I wish I could love Newt, but he scares me.

Santorum simply doesn’t have what it takes. He is constantly speaking of his record in congress. No one cares. Show some passion. Be animated. He is not taking advantage of his limited opportunities. He’s done. Too bad. I like almost everything he stands for.

Ron Paul, I love, like I love my crazy Uncle. I agree with a lot of things he says. He is truly no-nonsense. You know exactly where he stands. He would be my Treasury Secretary.

Jon “The Science is Settled” Huntsman, please. He is John McCain. No chance!

So, what’s the bottom line? In my opinion, Perry, Newt & Cain showed the strongest. Not that these are the frontrunners, just the ones that shown through last night. Newt & Cain may drop out tomorrow, for all I know.
Next debate it may flip completely. It’s still very early.

El gran Debate

The great Republican debate is on TV tonight. It is being held at the Ronald Reagan presidential library. Perry may or may not show up. After all, his state is burning to the ground. Maybe instead of staying in his home state he should jet off to Martha’s Vineyard.

Anyway, in the lead up to the event tonight, I was reading an article on RedState.com posted titled: “Proposed Questions for the GOP Debate: Time for Specifics”. I picked a few (ok, more than a few) and answered them the way I think a candidate should. You know, one with actual stones.

Federal Reserve: Many conservatives have criticized the Fed’s interventionist policies as the culprit for a weak dollar and higher commodity prices. Q: What reforms would you impose on the Fed? Would you repeal the Fed’s dual mandate to achieve economic growth, leaving it to focus just on currency stability? A: The answer should be to dump it all together. Anything created in the Wilson Administration is by default, bad. Otherwise its single mission should be currency stabilization. It’s doing such a good job of it.

Taxes: Some candidates have offered a more specific tax reform plan than others. Q: What specific rates would you propose for the personal income tax, the corporate tax, capital gains & dividends? Should we abolish the death tax? Which tax credits and deductions, if any, would you keep? Do you believe in refundable credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Additional Child Tax Credit? Do you support Obama’s proposal to extend the 2% payroll tax holiday for another year? A: Don’t accept the premise of the question. I would go all in on the Fair Tax, a national sales tax to replace all other taxes. Damn the torpedoes! I used to advocate for the Flat Tax, but the Fair Tax is the only tax that is at least somewhat optional. With the fair tax, everyone will have skin in the game. Oh, and abolish the 16th Amendment.

Energy Subsidies: Q: Should we abolish ethanol subsidies, or merely reform them as some in the Senate have proposed? What about farm subsidies? Should government invest any resources in alternative fuels, or should that be left to private enterprise and the free market? A: Again. Faulty question. Abolish all subsidies. Read the Constitution. They (subsidies) aren’t in there. If a product can’t be developed in the private sector, it won’t be developed.

Healthcare: Presumably, everyone supports the repeal of Obamacare. Nevertheless, even before Obamacare, the cost of healthcare had been skyrocketing. Q: What do you think is the cause of the high healthcare costs and what conservative solutions would you implement to create downward pressure on healthcare costs? A: I agree, repeal Obamacare. It is unconstitutional & anti-constitutional. Health care is not a federal issue. It is a free market & state issue. The Feds should have no hand in health care except to allow for free interstate commerce of such.

Education: Q: Would you repeal No Child Left Behind? What role, if any, should the federal government play in education? A: Yes, repeal that horrible bill foisted on us by another progressive, George W. Bush. Again, read the Constitution. The Feds have no role.

Housing: Q: Should the federal government be involved in public housing, rental assistance, and housing finance activities? A: This is getting monotonous. Hello, Constitution!

I could on but even I’m getting bored with saying, “Constitution”.

Maybe someday I’ll see a candidate with the bolas to say what I’m thinking. I’m hoping to be pleasantly surprised, but I won’t be holding my breath.

On the Express Train

I went to the Tea Party Express rally yesterday in Manchester, N.H.
Living only a couple of miles away from the venue I decided to ride my bike. I’m glad I did. It was held in a park in downtown Manchester. Turns out there wasn’t a parking spot anywhere near it. I’d guess there were at least 1,000 people in attendance. That may not sound like a lot, but for a small city in a small state the turn out was good & boisterous. Did I mention it was about 90 degrees with about 100% humidity? That didn’t dampen the spirits of the attendees. It did, however, dampen more than a few shirts. Everyone came to see Sarah Palin speak. She was great. Palin had a speech prepared which she followed but I also noticed her speaking extemporaneously. Pretty uncommon in this day & age.
Look Mom, no teleprompter!

This was the first time I’ve seen her speak live. I understand why people gravitate toward her. I liked her before but she is very engaging in person. Palin is very real, very personable & quite likeable, not to mention very conservative. Oh, and not an uglo-american. No wonder she pisses off so many on the left. I didn’t hear her saying anything regarding taking out the Sons of Bitches either. I must have come late. Speaking of which; I ran into a couple of friends there & they observed not seeing the usual disruptive lefty whackos. I hadn’t noticed, but they were right. There were only a couple of them out by the street waving a sign about Big Oil. One of them was dressed in a Polar Bear suit. That must have been comfortable in the heat. I regret not getting a picture.

Holy Crap! I just noticed. This is a New Hampshire Tea Party Rally. What’s a black guy doing here? I didn’t think they were allowed in?

Anyway, I’m glad I went. That’s the nice thing about New Hampshire at this time. Everyone must come here so there will be plenty more events to attend.

Is Congress Waking Up?

From Newsbusters:

House Republicans introduced a bill last week with hopes of forcing major changes on the United Nations. The bill would require the United Nations to allow member countries to fund the UN agencies of their choosing rather than according to a formula, end funding for Palestinian refugees, limit U.S. funding to be used only for purposes specifically outlined by Congress, and end contributions to peacekeeping programs until changes in management take place.

With the United States contributing 22% of the UN’s operating budget, the GOP believes there is enough leverage to force these changes in the UN. Led by the Republican chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the changes are designed to end corruption and inefficiency in the global organization. How involved do you think the U.S. should be in the UN? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Further from Bloomberg:

The U.S. pays 22 percent of the UN’s regular operations budget and is assessed 27 percent of the peacekeeping budget. The U.S. payments totaled $3.35 billion in 2010, of which $2.67 billion was dedicated to the 16 peacekeeping operations worldwide, from South Sudan to Haiti. […]

Ros-Lehtinen’s aim in shifting the UN budget to a voluntary system is to encourage competition for funds and therefore elicit more effective performance from UN agencies, said a House aide familiar with the legislation. He wasn’t authorized to speak on the record.

The bill’s timing runs counter to the emergence of the administration’s “Obama Doctrine” of working with others to address international issues, particularly those that don’t pose an immediate security threat to the U.S., said Jeffrey Laurenti, a UN analyst at the Century Foundation, a New York-based economic, political and social research foundation.

Call Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen at (202) 225-3931 & thank her for her initiative & leadership.

0 Jobs??

Hey Hey Ho Ho, we don’t need no jobs no mo! Everybody chant!

Yes the monthly jobs report was released today. We added 0 jobs. Awesome! It’s the end of another recovery summer.

And, oh by the way, the change in total nonfarm payroll employment for June was revised down again (the way it always is) from +46,000 to +20,000, and the change for July was revised from +117,000 to +85,000. I’m sure the experts were surprised.

The economy expanded at an annual pace of only 0.7 percent in the first six months of the year. That was the slowest six months of growth since the recession officially ended in June 2009. Oh, it ended? Most economists forecast that growth may improve to about a 2 percent annual rate in the July-September quarter. But that’s not fast enough to generate many jobs. Are these the same economists that predict the jobs number every month? They’ve yet to get close. Back to jobs, or no jobs.
Hiring fell across many different sectors. Manufacturers cut 3,000 jobs. Construction companies, retailers, and transportation firms also cut workers.
Yet the unemployment rate is still at 9.1%, which we all know is a lie. There are accounting gimmicks at play here. Shocking, I know.
Very simply the government accountants magically shrink the workforce. One gimmick is the Employment-Population Ratio. It is a statistic that takes the ratio of the total working age of the labor force currently employed to the total working age population of a region, municipality or country. The employment ratio is subject to manipulation and may be skewed in order to give the perception that an economy, based on this metric, is performing better then it really is.
The other is the workforce Participation Rate. It’s a measure of the active portion of an economy’s labor force. The participation rate refers to the number of people who are either employed or are actively looking for work. The number of people who are no longer actively searching for work would not be included in the participation rate. In a poor economy many people get discouraged and stop looking for employment, as a result, the participation rate decreases.

By merely eliminating people from these formulas it keeps the unemployment rate down. Just like magic. I feel better, but then, I have a job.