Thank You Sir, May I Have Another?

This morning I was reading a New York Times article online (I surprise myself sometime) regarding the recent S&P downgrade of the U.S. credit rating. They actually did a pretty fair job of it. What I found fascinating is not the downgrade itself but that S&P, in my opinion, appears to be becoming politicized. I don’t know why, but I just assumed a rating agency would & should have no bias. How naïve of me. I first suspected it to be so when S&P & Moody’s began pressuring Congress to do a deal. I thought, why would they care? Then I recalled a quote I had seen. “What we’re looking for is a raising of the (debt) limit. It doesn’t matter the process that they get there,” Steven Hess, the senior credit officer at Moody’s in New York, said in a telephone interview. Well, that’s odd. They should only care about our credit worthiness, not how we achieve it. Why wouldn’t he say, “ We’re looking for real spending cuts. I don’t care the process”? I was starting to surmise, the fix was in. This was another created crisis (tarp, stimulus) designed for us to succumb to evermore spending. Why not keep going to the well? It seems to work every time.

S&P defended their downgrade decision, calling the bitter stand-off between President Obama and Congress over raising the debt ceiling a “debacle,” (poll tested word, no doubt) and warning that further downgrades may lie ahead. Once again, why would they care about the process. Their one & only job (I thought) is to judge the outcome. That would be like Transunion calling you & saying they are going to lower your credit score if you don’t ask your boss for a raise. Then there is the statement, “The debacle (that word again) over the debt ceiling continued until almost the midnight hour,” said John B. Chambers, chairman of S&P’s sovereign ratings committee. Again, who cares! How is it their business?

I think the fix is indeed in. I believe the rating agencies are aligning with big spenders in Washington from both parties & are going to push until they get what they want, “a balanced approach” (another poll tested statement). That means tax increases now & spending cuts later never. It’s an upside down world when communist China, the largest holder of United States debt seems to be the only voice of reason. Go figure. They said on Saturday that Washington needed to “cure its addiction to debts” and “live within its means,” just hours after the S&P downgrade. What a concept.

Senator Kerry, The Ass

At least John Kerry is smart enough to know what he can get away with. One of the most harebrained statements I’ve heard in a bit. I was going to say in a long time, but it hasn’t been. The good Senator said. “And I have to tell you, I say this to you politely. The media in America has a bigger responsibility than it’s exercising today. The media’s got to begin to not give equal time or equal balance to an absolutely absurd notion just because somebody asserts it or simply because somebody says something which everybody knows is not factual. It doesn’t deserve the same credit as a legitimate idea about what you do. And the problem is everything’s put into this tit for tat equal battle and America’s losing any sense of what’s real, of who’s accountable, of who is not accountable, of who’s real, who isn’t.” He was referring to the media covering the Tea Party. There will be no public outrage. I am not offended. maybe I should be. I would fully expect an autocrat to say it and if they could force us all to comply, they would. Could you imagine if Rand Paul proclaimed for us to no longer listen to the black caucus? Holy Crap! He’d be run out town at the very least. Probably be arrested for a hate speech crime. It’s the dumbest thing since Hillary said to watch Al Jazeera because it’s the most honest, real news out there. That wasn’t that long ago.

Stop the Presses, Carney is Honest

Jay Carney, White House press secretary, has kind of stepped in it. “The White House doesn’t create jobs,” Carney said, adding “the government, together — White House, Congress — creates policies that allow for greater job creation.” Yeah, ok. What’s all the uproar? We all know what he meant. True, but for ever we hear the left say the opposite & appear to mean it. Take credit when we can, dodge & deflect when we have to. I don’t want to hear, Republicans do it too. No, they don’t. Progressives, of which there are a majority on both sides do. Nancy Bella Pelosi, (must say the following like Dracula) I vant to suck you vallet (thanks Jay), said, “More jobs were created” in one year of Obama than in eight years of Bush. She also said that Obama has been a job creator from day one. Words mean things. The strategic use of the language is meant to confuse & sway people. I just thought this one moment of honesty was funny. He (Carney) will be taken to the woodshed for a little debrief. By the way. The slightly positive jobs number released today will be, as always, quietely revised down. Also, teachers are going to start being rehired this month. That will count toward this months phony number.

Latest Signings & Moves

So whiny Braylon Edwards lands in San Fran. I doubt he’ll be a positive. Jets didn’t think you were all that & a bag of chips. I believe they’re right. Bo Scaife of Tennessee hasn’t signed with anyone yet. He’ll visit the Bengals & Rams. Why would anyone want to go to the Bengals? Kevin Boss, TE for the Giants will work out for the Raiders. Giants should have found a way to keep him. The Law Firm, aka BenJarvis Green-Ellis resigns with the Pats. We now have about 600 running backs. I’m surprised they brought back Sammy Morris. Pre-Season starts next week. Can’t wait although it may be ugly. I predict a lot of injuries this year due to lack of practice & conditioning time. All for now.

Look for the Union Label

Obama, Obama! I can hear it now. The adoring crowds chanting his name. He is one with them. He is fighting for them. I wonder how many of them were union folk? I wonder if said union folk knew that the big bash at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago was set up completely without union labor. I’m not saying this was Obama’s decision to make, I’m sure it wasn’t, but someone on his staff made it. I just thought it interesting.

Tiger’s Back (Again)

Tiger is back. He’s going to play the Bridgestone Invitational. When you decide to come back it might as well be a place that you’ve won a few times, I think 7 times. He’ll have a good friend of his on the bag, Byron Bell, for now. Rumors are he will team up with Tony Navarro eventually. Navarro is the recent ex-caddie of Adam Scott. Woods is currently ranked 28th in the world. That has to be killing him. I think he’ll do ok this weekend, but I predict it won’t last. If he does play the PGA, I don’t think he’ll be a factor. After that he’ll go down again with either injury or something else. We’ll see.

Base Line Budgeting

Here’s a quick scenario. This guy has a job (what’s that?). He works hard & is noticed by the boss. The boss comes to him & says he deserves a raise & he’ll make it happen within a few weeks. He is told the raise is expected to be 5%. That night he rushes home to tell his wife (or husband in some states) the good news. She says that 5% will sure come in handy. A few weeks pass & sure enough, he gets that raise. The boss, however, says he could only afford 3%. The guy is still thankful that he received a raise at all. He goes home & shows his wife his paycheck. The wife had already calculated & adjusted their budget for the increase. She takes one look at the check & exclaims, ” You got a 2% cut in your pay?”

That is base line budgeting & that is how our government calculates the budget every year. All departments get automatic increases. If they don’t increase by as much as originally intended, it’s a cut (usually draconian). So when you hear that they in Washington are going to cut the budget, you best believe it’s a lie. If you spend more than last year, you haven’t cut your budget.

Consider this

I’ve been in a discussion with some folks about, amongst other things, why the moslems hate us. What did we do to piss them off? Why do they hate Israel? Many have their theories, but the fact remains is they would love to bring us down & they want to destroy Israel, as Iran has just recently & rather plainly exclaimed. There’s no grey area there for Israel. I would like to pose a question to all who would think about it & answer honestly. No spin.

Here it is: Part 1: If all the neighbors of Israel would lay down their arms tomorrow (all the land disputes not withstanding), what would happen? I mean Hamas, The Brotherhood, everyone. Part 2: If Israel would lay down it’s arms tomorrow & tear down the walls, fences & open it’s borders, what would happen?

NFL Updates

So, sooprize sooprize, the Eagles get Asomugha. Bully for them. Looks like Asante Samuel will get the old heave ho. Where to? I would bet to Arizona. Seems like Philly & Arizona have become trading partners as of late.

I didn’t see this one comin. The Patriots release Defensive Lineman Ty Warren.

That’s it for now.