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Sunday, August 05, 2012

Is That Something Vinton Should Be Proud Of?

To know him is to know him:

Wesley Clark, two other retired military officials launch “Military and Defense Leaders for Obama” in Vinton

Wesley Clark.  Yeah.  That would be this guy.

Wesley the Whacko, two other retired military officials launch “Military and Defense Leaders for Obama” in Vinton.

You folks in Vinton have every reason to deny this ever happened.

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For icing on the cake, there's this:

I'll Be Voting For Wesley Clark / Good-Bye Mr. Bush ...by Michael Moore

And he's wandering the streets of Vinton.  Someone call Orkin.

Blind? Or Just Stupid?

I'm surprised we're still reading nonsense like this:

"Obamacare is helping our nation achieve health care that is excellent, accessible to all and affordable. In the 17 months that I led the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), I saw how this law is helping tens of millions of families and is finally putting our health-care system on the right track."

That pile of steaming blarney comes from Donald M. Berwick, who ought to know better.

Skipping over the "excellent" and the "accessible," affordable?

Jennifer Rubin with a wake-up call hammer blow to Donald M. Berwick's thick skull:

"While Democrats are tooting their own horns on winning at the Supreme Court, Obamacare is still a policy loser. This is only one of its many defects: 'Between 2013 and 2022, new entitlement spending will reach $1.7 trillion even though the main entitlement expansions do not launch until 2014. Over a decade of full implementation, the new entitlement spending will approach $2 trillion. Moreover, this spending will increase at a rapid rate each year — 6 percent annually from 2017 through 2022.'”

I go with stupid.

A man who doesn't understand that money coming out of one of his pockets (in the form of taxes) and (part of it) going into the other pocket isn't saving him anything isn't simply blind.

So that Berwick understands, the "spending" to which Rubin refers has to be accounted for somehow.  That's where he comes in.  He will be paying out the nose for that "affordable" health care he loves so much.

Yet he doesn't seem to comprehend.

May God have mercy.

Intolerance Is As Intolerance Does

You may have heard the other day about FOX News news reader Shepard Smith's labeling "National Chick-fil-A Day” a "national day of intolerance."  This because a handful of liberal municipal leaders around the country had expressed a desire to ban Chick-fil-A restaurants from opening in their jurisdictions, and, in response, people around the country banded together - on "National Chick-fil-A Day"  to voice their opposition.

Liberals in power vow to ban economic activity because they disagree with the religious beliefs of the person hoping to launch that economic activity.  And Shepard Smith calls that person - and those who agree with his religious beliefs - which is most of America - intolerant?  Hello?

Smith's - dare I say it? - intolerance reminds me of another "open-minded" liberal's comments directed at those he sees as being intolerant. One Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, the Army’s deputy chief of staff for personnel. To those in the military who might simply disagree with the government's change in policy regarding homosexuals in the armed forces, he had this really tolerant warning:

“Unfortunately, we have a minority of service members who are still racists [?] and bigoted and you will never be able to get rid of all of them. But these people opposing this new policy will need to get with the program, and if they can’t they need to get out.”

Encapsulated: Think properly or "get out."

Another darling of the open-minded, tolerant left.

In truth?  They're not open-minded at all.   They're bigots in Birkenstocks and brass.

Oh. I Forgot.

Homosexuals around the country gathered yesterday in Chick-fil-A parking lots around the country to kiss on one another and show their support for ... tolerance.

Not that anyone noticed, as it turned out.

And not that any one of them was burned at the stake, spat upon, beaten up, or bullied.

There's a teaching moment in this.

A 'Red Dawn' Remake?

Yeah, it was schmaltzy.  But most movies that had Patrick Swayze in them were.  Still, I can sit down on a Sunday afternoon, popcorn in hand - extra salt, extra butter - and enjoy watching it.  Over and over and ...

But what's this?  They're going to remake the classic "Red Dawn," the movie that glorified Aerican bootstraps, unflagging American independence and American ingenuity?

Well, sorta.

But the Rooskies are gone.  As are the Cuban commies.

This time around ...

North Korea Invades America in Dumbest Movie Ever

Kim Jon Un and his band of malnourished four-foot warriors successfully invade the U.S.?

I don't know.  It just doesn't play the same.  Gimme a badass Colonel Strelnikov any day.

Did Obama Flunk Economics 101?

We'll never know.  He refuses to release his college transcripts and the mainstream press refuses to ask.

But there's a clear indication that the man hasn't the first clue as to how the economy functions.  That indication?  The words that come out of his mouth.

From Loudoun County yesterday, CNS reports:
"Look, nobody is satisfied with our pace of growth,” Obama said Thursday in Leesburg, Va. “Nobody is satisfied.”

While mentioning “all the jobs” created by his administration, Obama said it was nonetheless necessary to create more jobs by, for example, getting more money to construction workers and hiring more teachers.

If construction workers had more money, they might buy new cars, the president said. If we had new teachers, they could go out to restaurants and eat.

“Even with all the jobs we’ve created, we’ve got to create more,” said Obama. “But if you look at our history, if you look at the facts, every time we’ve grown, it hasn’t been by the top down. It’s been from the middle out. It’s been from the bottom up.

“When middle-class families are doing well, lo and behold, everybody does well,” said Obama. “If that construction worker has got a little extra money in his pocket, he goes and spends it maybe on a new car. When we’ve got new teachers doing great work with our kids, then you know what, they go to a restaurant and spend that money. And so suddenly businesses are doing well, the economy is doing well, and we get into a virtuous cycle. And we go up.”
Give more money to construction workers and teachers and they'll spend it and the economy will improve.

Seems so simple.

Only one - make that two - problems:

1) He tried it in a massive way - think "stimulus" - think three trillion dollars a year in federal spending - and he failed to move the needle.

2) A few questions this guy never asks himself, and will certainly never be asked by an equally ignorant press:

Where's that money we give to construction workers and teachers supposed to come from?

Where does that teacher get the cash that she takes to the restaurant and spends on a nice meal?

Answer: The restaurant owner pays for the meal in higher taxes. So the restaurant owner foregoes a meal so that the teacher can have a nice meal.

It's a zero-sum game, genius.

By the same token, what happens when the government reduces the restaurant owner's taxes?

Answer: He has enough on the balance sheet to hire someone. And in return for the wages he expends, he gains productivity. A win-win. His lot in life improves and his employee's situation amends as well.  An employee who will - lo and behold - buy a meal!

When someone steals your purse and your weekly earnings, you're going to cut back until you make it up. Until you're able to get back on top. Same with a business owner.

Barack Obama taking money from taxpayers - whether they be rich or middle class = is no different.

Nobody is hiring. And he doesn't even know why.

With ObamaCare looming on the horizon ...

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"And so suddenly businesses are doing well ... and we go up.” This from a Harvard graduate. The smartest man on the planet. The most gifted orator to grace this land since William Jennings Bryan.

"We go up."


The REAL War On Women Continues

While some feminist in Washington D.C. gets her undies in a bunch because the government won't pay her to have consequence-free sex - those evil Republicans! - there is a real issue plaguing women in this country.  It's called Obama.  And it continues apace:

175,000 Fewer Women Held Jobs in July; 94,000 Dropped Out of Labor Force

Not that the gal - that media darling - who doesn't want to have to pay for her own condoms really gives a crap about other women

Yeah, It's Working All Right

13 million Americans unemployed.  Half of them have been out of work for over half a year.  Most of them with no hope of finding a job.   Half of America's graduating teens can't find employment.  What's going on?

The Administration’s foot-dragging on free trade agreements has killed job creation. The extended moratorium on oil drilling, followed by new regulations, killed job creation. President Obama’s refusal to build the Keystone XL pipeline killed jobs. Ever-expanding Environmental Protection Agency regulations kill jobs. Extending unemployment insurance—part of the failed “stimulus”—was a humanitarian gesture, but it killed jobs. Even increasing deficit spending has a job-killing effect, the opposite of what Obama espouses.

And then there’s Obamacare, which if it goes into full effect will be one of the biggest job killers of modern times.

To all of this, President Obama said, “We tried our plan—and it worked.”
-- Amy Payne, "Has Any Administration Policy NOT Killed Jobs Lately?," Heritage Foundation, August 3, 2012 --

Forget the Space Shuttle

This is where the real exploration of space takes place:

Are we alone? Or was there life on another planet? NASA's $2.5 billion dream machine, the Mars Science Laboratory, aims to take the first steps toward finding out when it nears Mars' surface on Monday.

I'm afraid, with America's tax base crumbling, and the country deeply in debt, that this program can't go on much longer.  Priorities.  Priorities.

Too bad.

“It isn't all over; everything has not been invented; the human adventure is just beginning.”
-- Gene Roddenberry --