Monday, August 30, 2010

A Man Shrouded In Mystery

President Barack Obama is the ultimate mystery man. There doesn't seem to be any definitive record of who he is or where he came from. There has not been one person from Harvard, not one roommate from his college days, and not one childhood friend that has stood up and claimed he knew Obama. Yet, Obama has the audacity to complain that a large minority of Americans don't believe he was born in American and many believe Obama to be a Muslim.

Barack Obama has it in his power to place these rumors to rest. The way to put a rumor to rest is to show proof to the contrary and not allowing the rumor to fester. Instead of producing statements and documents proving the rumors false, Obama never comes out and denounces his Muslim faith nor does he produce the documents of his live birth. Notice yesterday in his interview with Brian Williams:

Notice the bait and switch. The context of the question revolved around Obama's religion and Obama answers it by saying he couldn't walk around with his birth certificate. Obama could have taken the opportunity to say hey look I'm a Christian. Sure many would have scoffed at the idea but at least Obama would have been definitive. Instead of meeting the rumor head on Obama changed the subject. To my knowledge no one has ever heard Obama denounce his Muslim faith. However, we have heard Obama claim his Muslim faith:

Obama always talks around the subject. Never claiming to be an outright Muslim, yet never claiming to be a Christian either. Obama always allows those around him to put words in his mouth in order to be able to parse the words later. I for one could care less what faith Obama follows. What concerns me is that Obama is not being true to himself or whatever if any faith he follows. Tough to be honest with the AMerican people when he can't even be honest with himself.

Now the birth certificate is even easier. All Obama has to do is produce his long form original birth certificate. Why that is so hard for him to do is beyond me. Obama doesn't want to walk around with it taped to his forehead but he won't even produce it so that the rumor can die a quick and painful death. Most of the so-called birthers would leave it alone if everything on the long form was redacted except for Barack's name and the hospital's name. Instead Obama shows a short form that proves nothing and produces a newspaper clipping. Obama has gone to great lengths to perpetuate the rumor and conspiracy theories regarding his citizenship. My guess is Obama's long form would show he was not born in a hospital but rather at home in the presence of a mid-wife. Nothing wrong with that except that it would fuel the fire that perhaps he was not born in Hawaii and was registered late.

Know the pathetic pawns would have one believe it was ridiculous that Obama's mother would have forseen the future President and therefore had no reason to document an American birth. However, the motive did not have to be so complicated and ridiculous. Illegal Aliens today seek documents allowing them to stay in this country. American citizenship opens many doors in this country. Seems to me if Obama wasn't born here that there was motive to hide an illegal immigrant and plant paperwork to make him a citizen. Why won't Obama just produce the documents? The answer may be because he is hiding something on the long form that he does not want anyone to know about. It may be something as simple as being born in the presence of a mid wife, it may be something embarrassing, who knows, all we know is Obama won't produce any documents that would show definitive proof.

While we are at it, why doesn't Obama produce any documents? We have never seen anything written by Obama other than his carefully scripted autobiographies. We have seen not one document authored by Obama in the Harvard Law review. We have not seen one opinion written by Obama concerning the constitution even though he was a Constitutional scholar. We have not seen his dissertation. We have not seen how his education was financed. In fact we have not really seen anything concerning Obama prior to his Community Organizer days.

Perhaps if the pathetic pawns had done their job and vetted Obama, Americans would not be questioning Obama's faith, place of birth, or political leanings. Instead of portraying Obama as the messiah, if the pathetic pawns had just done a little homework, then these rumors would just die down. Instead the pathetic pawns keep asking Obama the questions, Obama keeps dancing around the issues with his answers, and Americans are left in the dark to formulate their rumors. A man shrouded in mystery is subject to the rumors inspired by secrecy. For a man that preached transparency on the campaign trail, he certainly doesn't open up anything in his past.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

To Go Forward or Backup

Most Americans believe the country is on the wrong track. According to averages at Real Clear Politics, 61.3% of Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction. Yet, Obama believes he has struck the right chord by using his "the Republicans drove us into this ditch, are we willing to hand the Republicans the keys back?" The lines Obama uses around this theme are catchy and make his rich liberal donors laugh, but is it a winning line. In order to assess the predicament and make the appropriate decisions to get us out of the ditch an analysis of how a car gets out of the ditch is necessary.

One can argue that it was the Democrats that drove us into the ditch in the first place. First of all, the economy was on the rise in 2005 and 2006 leading up to the wave election cycle of 2006. Democrats didn't win that wave election on domestic policy. Democrats won that election on foreign policy. The Democrats, aided by the pathetic pawns in the media, hammered Bush on the foreign wars and especially Iraq. Both Iraq and and the largely forgotten war in Afghanistan were going badly and popular support for the wars declined precipitously. Bush made his bed with the foreign wars and was unwilling to move back and reassess. The Democrats took over Congress in the fall of 2006 and the rest is history. Finally, realizing that the public would not support an endless war, Bush backed up and changed policies. Bush relented and finally followed the advice of military leaders and provided the troop surge that changed the direction of Iraq. While, Bush was busy with foreign policy the democrats began dismantling the American economy. The enactment of pet projects, like increasing minimum wage requirements, began eroding the American economy. While Bush was attempting to gain traction in foreign policy the Democrats sat at home and enacted job killing legislation. It was the democrats that screamed at the top of their lungs that the economy wasn't nearly as good as the numbers showed. Liberals went as far as to even claim that an increase in GDP showed the economy was actually contracting. But alas, Bush was President and has to take the blame for the economy that failed.

So the economy did eventually collapse under Bush watch. Obama, can and does say that it was Bush that drove the car in the ditch. However, in the 19 months since Obama was inaugurated, the economy has yet to recover. In fact, the economy is moving sideways at best and backwards into a double dip recession at worst. When America turned the keys to the car over to the Obama administration what did Obama do? I can tell you he stepped on the gas pedal; full speed ahead with the liberal agenda being pushed forward since 2006. The problem is that pushing forward is not he way to get the car out of the ditch.

Anyone that has ever driven into a ditch can tell you that stepping on the gas and pushing forward only makes things worse. Stepping on the gas moves one further into the ditch. One must use a series of steps, including backing up, in order to get back onto the main road. So while Obama is right when he says the car was already in the ditch when he became President, he is wrong when he equates it to going backwards and saying why would you give the keys back to the people who put us in the ditch in the first place. Any General will tell you that sometimes retreat is preferable tot he frontal assault that is going badly. Sometimes you have to take a step back and reassess in order to change the outcome. It is the Democrats that had the keys to the economy when it derailed and Obama never took the keys away. Instead Obama declared full speed ahead with the government takeover of our individual liberties and responsibilities. I would much rather have the economy of 2005 and 2006 then the economy of today. Prior to the liberal takeover of our country jobs were being produced, housing sales and prices were on the rise, and incomes were increasing. To me that is far preferable to the conditions of today, where the housing market is in collapse, labor hours and incomes are decreasing, unemployment is on the rise, and potential workers are so discouraged as to leave the market entirely.

If the elections of 2009, and the early and more recent primary elections are indications, Americans understand how to get the car out of the ditch. The status quo is no longer acceptable. Newcomers to the political arena are winning elections and the elitist politicians are being voted out in droves. A new crop of politicians that listen to their constituents is required to get us out of the ditch. We need to backup, reassess, and return to being the prosperous country that we once were. Our voices are being heard but the elitists are not listening. The citizens of this great country are on the verge of taking the keys away from all of the politicians that drove us in the ditch.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Has Obama Jumped the Shark???

The Presidents poll numbers are tanking and as the mid-terms approach many Democrats are running away from the President. Sitting at around a 45% approval rating has the President and many political pundits wondering what went wrong. The President and the pathetic pawns in the media are questioning what might be happening. The media is dumbfounded that such an ambitious and intelligent President could be so unpopular with the American public. Many pundits are touting the Presidents so-called legislative victories and wonder how with all of the victories in the legislative process the President could be held in such low esteem in the eyes of the public. The questions surrounding the approval of the Presidnet lead on to ask Has Obama Jumped the Shark?

The answer of course is not yet known. If the election were held today it would be a Republican Presidnet saying "Elections have consequences" and not Obama. Luckily for Obama his election is two and a half years down the road. The one thing that is certain is that in order for Obama to regain his popularity and to have a chance in a future election he must change his ways. Obama is viewed as being out of touch and running an incoherent administration. The blame Bush mantra is falling on deaf ears as the American public has already placed the blame on Bush and provided Obama with a golden opportunity. Obama rather than seizing the moment and taking advantage of the opportunity failed in recognizing the most important general rule of politics; "It's the economy stupid". In Obama's haste to reshape America into his Socialistic dreams Obama ignored the economy and fattened the pockets of his special interests. Instead of focusing on jobs, Obama focused on a costly health care bill for almost an entire year.

The mid-terms are fast approaching and this election will have its consequences. November is shaping up to be the third wave election in a row. The American people are speaking but the President and the Democrats are not listening. Over 60% of the people are against the Health Care reform and want it repealed. The American people realize the stimulus package was an utter failure. The American people are against the Ground Zero Mosque being built on hallowed ground. The American people are against the Arizona lawsuit. The American people are against amnesty for illegal immigrants that have broken our Nations laws. Obama and the Democrats are on the wrong side of every major issue facing the country.

While it is true that if the economy would turn around the Presidents approval rating will improve. However, an improving economy may not be enough to save this administration. Unless Obama and the Democrats change their ways and come in line to the American lines of thought then Obama is doomed. Had Obama focused on the economy and then worked on his initiatives after the economy rebounded his accomplishments would not be quite so unpopular. However, Obama rammed his special interest agenda through Congress and ignored the will of the people. Obama is always quick with the sacastic metaphors, but he is very shallow and disconnected with real Americans.

As long as Obama constantly relegates the people to the sidelines except for election day his numbers will continue to decline and yes he will have indeed jumped the shark. The Presidency is not about Obama. The Presidency is about America and her people. The Presidency is bigger than Obama and overshadows him. Until Obama understands these facts his popularity will continue to decline. Obama must come to the realization that the Presidency is not a ceremonious post that allows him to be a celebrity. The presidnecy is about leadership. America is on the wrong path. We are headed down the path of destroying ourselves. I believe in America and believe America will be prosperous again. Unfortunately, it appears the sun is setting on a once great nation. In order to make the sun rise again on the worlds greatest democracy we need a leader that focuses on the immediate needs of the nation. Today those needs are economic needs. Americans need jobs. It is Obama the is obstructing the will of the people and not the Republicans that are attempting to make the President realize that thus far he is an utter failure, looking at a historic defeat in the mid terms. Time will tell if the President has jumped the shark. One thing is for certain, Americans are hurting and Obama is jet setting. Do the pundits really have to wonder why Americans are not worshipping the messiah of the pathetic pawns?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Constitution and the NYC Mosque

The controversy over the building of a mosque near ground zero has nothing to do with the 1st Constitutional amendment. Here is what the 1st amendment says:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

No one is making any law towards the establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise of religion. No where in the first amendment does it say anything about zoning regulations or building requirements. No one is saying Islam can't be practiced in NYC. In fact no one is saying a mosque can't be built in lower Manhattan. All that is being said is that there is a compelling reason not to allow the building of a mosque overlooking Ground Zero. Governor Patterson is on the right track. The Governor is willing to negotiate a new site for the mosque rather than two blocks from ground zero. The President is wrong there is no right to build a mosque just anywhere. This is not a constitutional issue at all and it is morally wrong.

There is an easy way to avert an impending disaster. In the name of public good the Governor should use his power of eminent domain. The Governor is doing the right thing in negotiating. Patterson now just needs to follow through and go the route of eminent domain as long as the developers are unwilling to negotiate.
Under eminent domain the property may be taken either for government use or by delegation to third parties who will devote it to public or civic use or, in some cases, economic development.

This particular building should taken from the developer and be turned into something of public use. The is a public safety issue for both the followers of Islam who would attend daily prayer in the mosque and also the residents of the city. The president is on the wrong side of this. The Presidents words and actions are inciting violence. There is no doubt that if the developer moves forward and begins building the mosque there will be violence. We wouldn't allow James Earl Ray to be buried next to Martin Luther King Jr. so why should we allow a mosque to be built in the shadow of Ground Zero? Obama is wrong and for a Constitutional Scholar he isn't too smart.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Rangel Must Resign

The only deal involving Charles Rangel must include an immediate resignation. Rangel is about to go on trial in the house for ethics violations. Rangel never denies he is ethically challenged. His only excuse is that everyone does the same things. This my friends is no excuse.

The excuse that everyone else does is not an appropriate excuse. The left has come to Rangel's defense and insist the ethics charges are not as bad as they seem. The left and the pathetic pawns in media sugest there is racial motivations involved. The pathetic pawns keep bringing up all the "good things" Rangel has done. In the minds of the liberal elite ethics violations are fine as long as it comes from a loyal servant of the people. Never mind that while Rangel was writing higher taxes for Americans he himself was neglecting to pay his due share. Don't worry that while there are homeless people in the city of New York that Rangel rented not 1 but 4 low income housing units in the city. Never mind that Rangel didn't disclose lobbyist paid for junkets. No turn a blind eye because Rangel has a history of looking out for the little guy. Just because Rangel evaded taxes is no reason to call him ethically challenged.

Last month when the charges were announced, Rangel and the Democrats on the ethics panel entered into negotiations to resolve the issue before a trial could be brought forth. Don't worry that Rangel was only talking to the Democrats on the committee. It is certainly not unethical for a charged Congressman trying to cut a deal with his own party rather than the board as a whole. The media is portraying this as rae related. After all it is only Rangel and Waters (both African Americans) that have been referred to trial. It has to be all about race.

Now it seems Rangel wants to blame Republicans for his trial. Seems he signed a plea deal before the charges were referred. It was only those darned Republicans that caused this to go to a trial. Rangel could have easily cut a deal with the American people. All he had to do is admit his ethics problems and resign not just his chairmanship but also his seat in the House. Instead he would rather take a slap on the wrist and continue bilking Americans out of their hard earned money. The trial is no one's fault but Charlie Rangel's. The only person that didn't pay Rangel's taxes was Rangel. The only person renting 4 housing units designed for low income people for Rangel was Rangel himself. The only person that didn't disclose Rangel's financial dealing were Rangel. See this is all about Rangel and the ethics violations he committed. It is not about what others have done. It is not about the Republicans. It is only about Rangel.

The excuses from the pathetic pawns in the media and Rangel sound like a teenager excusing themselves for missing curfew. After all everyone else misses curfew why shouldn't they themselves. Pelosi is right when she says the swamp needs to be drained. Pelosi needs to start by cleaning her own house. Rangel must go and the only deal that should be cut is for Rangel to admit his wrongdoing and resign his seat in the House. No more adolescent excuses all Rangel has to do is resign. Reprimand should not be an option, Rangel wrote tax policy and then evaded his own taxes anything short of immediate resignation just opens emboldens the ethically challenged politicians.

When The People No Longer Matter

The founding documents of America are rich in their thoughtfulness and wisdom. Our government was developed with the belief of freedom and liberty for all. Read the words of Thomas Jefferson. He said all men are equal and have inalienable rights. The constitution begins with the simple and effective phrase:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Our country was founded on the principle of "the people" not only participating in their government but becoming the government. The wisdom of our founding fathers lies in the fact that the developed the constitution based upon self governance. However, career politicians have become elitists that rule rather than govern. career politicians have come to believe that it is they that know what is best for the country and not the people. The career politicians have taken our country away from the people and decided to give the country to themselves.

The main issue is the two party system in America. The career politicians place their party ahead of the people. Instead of the politicians representing the people, they represent their party. Is there any wonder nothing beneficial ever gets accomplished. Is there any wonder that America has become a country for the extremes rather than the middle? Obama once said "thats what elections are for". This one statement by the President shows the disdain that career politicians like Obama have for the people of this country. Obama himself relegated he people to the sidelines. Instead of governing Obama wants to rule. Instead of promoting the general welfare of the people, Obama promotes himself. We have many issues in our country but the career politicians are not listening to the people.

Last summer, the pathetic pawns of the media were aghast that "we the people" showed up at our representatives townhalls and called them out. The pathetic pawns pushed the meme that "we the people" should respect the politicians. I have news for the pathetic pawns, the politicians are employed by us, "we the people". It is the politicians that should respect us not the other way around. The politicians serve at the convenience of the people. "We the people" should be held in reverence not the other way around. "We the People" should not be dismissed except for election day. Our government should be responsive to our needs and not just responsive to the needs of the politicians. Our career politicians have become elitists that are attempting to fulfill a higher level personal need. Our politicians believe they are above us and should be dictating what we need and desire. Our career politicians are pathetic clowns searching for inner salvation at the expense of the people they are supposed to serve.

All we have to do is look around us. The American people were adamantly against the health care proposal, yet the career politicians rammed it through against our will. We attended townhalls but were dismissed as angry mobs. We protested on capitol but were lied about and called racists. We begged and pleaded with our government, but we were ignored. Our politicians were even bribed to accept a government takeover we did not want. In Missouri last week, Proposition C passed and the state outlawed the individual mandate. Senator Claire McCaskill said in one breath the people have been heard. Yet in the next breath she said the vote didn't really matter.

In California, the people spoke and passed proposition 8. The people of California wanted marriage defined as between a man and a woman. An activist judge struck it down as being unconstitutional. I have a problem with that. It can't be unconstitutional when voted on by the people. This was not a law passed by the legislature that must pass constitutional muster. No this was passed by the people, the owner of the document. The people make the rules and can change the constitution as written. It is the will of the people, not the will of the courts. The courts in California provided the right for homosexuals to marry, when the people took that right away, an activist judge cried foul and said once given a right can not be taken away without due process. Unfortunately their was due process. That due process was in the form of a constitutional amendment to the California constitution defining marriage.

In Arizona, the people have spoken. Arizonians want the law of the land enforced. Instead of yielding to the will of the people, Obama had his justice department sue Arizona. Another activist judge decided to strike down the meat of the law. Arizona did not change federal law, they just voted in a law that would enforce our immigration laws. Obama says it is an anti immigration law. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is a law to uphold the law of the land. In a lawful society we must obey and enforce the laws. The Arizona law is a pro immigration law meant to protect legal immigrants and residents against those that are in the country illegally. The people of this country want our borders protected.

We the people want the government to promote domestic tranquility. Is it promoting domestic tranquility by allowing a mosque to be built in the shadows of round zero? The people of New York City are against the mosque being built. Yet the city government is going against the will of the people and allowing the mosque to be built. Many activist supporters are claiming the right to religious freedom as why we should allow the mosque to be built. This is a weak argument. No one is stopping the practice of religion. There are plenty of Mosque's in the city in which to practice their religion. Claiming first amendment freedom of religion here is like claiming freedom of speech when someone wants to place a KKK museum next to Martin Luther King Jr.s gravesite.

We are a Nation today that has seen it better days. Our career politicians have become elitists that have taken our government away from us and made it their own. We have become a country that is ruled by the elitists rather governed by the people. We are on a path of unsustainable debts. We are on the path of moral decline. We are on a path towards destruction. Our government is not providing for a common defense of the people as evidenced by the invasion along our southern border. Our government is not promoting domestic tranquility as evidenced by our career politicians lying about racial epithets being tossed around. Our prosperity and strength rely on the will of the people and the individual freedom and liberty afforded us in our constitution. As we can plainly see, we will begin to fall like all other great civilizations when the people no longer matter.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Paul Krugman An Economist?

Paul Krugman claims to be an economists, in reality Krugman knows nothing about economics not even economics 101. In Today's Keynesian screed Krugman seems to be saying that all tax cuts reduce revenue.

But the budget office has done no such thing. At Mr. Ryan’s request, it produced an estimate of the budget effects of his proposed spending cuts — period. It didn’t address the revenue losses from his tax cuts.

However, any economist will be able to explain how tax increases reduce the amount of revenue taken in by the government over time while lowering taxes will increase revenue taken in over time. The reason is really basic in the principles of economics. All one has to do is read any economics book about how businesses set the prices of their goods. Set the price to high and sales will decrease and the company loses revenue. The same is true of taxes. When the rates of taxes are too high revenue decreases. We can see this with our government.

Take California for example. California boasts some of the highest taxes in the land and yet they are on the verge of bankruptcy. The same can be said of New York and New Jersey. Does anyone see the trend? The states with the highest rates of taxation are also the sates with the largest budget deficits. In 2007, our country took in more revenue than ever before. Our deficits as a nation were on the decline yet Krugman along with the lunatic left push the meme that higher taxes will solve what ails America. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Obama and the left have pushed their Keynesian policies for the last 4 years. In the last 18 Months Obama took a almost $500 billion deficit and turned it in to $1.5 trillion dollar deficits. The problem is not that we tax to little. Our government spends to much. For example why in the world would the government spend stimulus dollars on a study of the effects of cocaine on monkeys? How many jobs did that save or create? Today's unemployment numbers show not only a decline in jobs, but also a steady stream of prospective job seekers leaving the workforce. The 9.5% unemployment rate may have been static this month but only because the job losses last month, under the Obama and Krugman economic strategies, was outnumbered by the hard working Americans leaving the workforce.

Mr. Krugman has written in the past that deficits are good. Government spending raises output. The basic premise may or may not be true. What is true is that perpetual debt increases are bad for the economy. Running annual deficits at 10% of GDP is unsustainable. We need to get our fiscal house in order and raising taxes on "The rich" is not going to create or save any jobs. There is a reason businesses are sitting on $1.8 trillion dollars. The reason is uncertainty and taxes. When the government increases taxes on the job producers what we get is less jobs, higher unemployment, lower tax revenues, and a shrinking economy. Mr. Krugman you are no economist. Mr. Krugman, you are an idiot that wouldn't know a Keynesian crisis if it hit you in the nose.