Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Israel's Economy Growing On Subsidies From US Taxpayers

For the record, I don't think that we should be giving aid welfare to any country. We are in the midst of a financial crisis here at home and it makes no sense whatsoever to be borrowing money from China to subsidize the economies of other nations, especially ones that are in better shape than we are.

Antiwar.com
Israel’s Jerusalem Post newspaper recently published an article calling Israel “The New Golden Country” for young people from around the world. It reports that Israel boasts an ever-increasing GDP, a strong currency, and “a lower unemployment rate than the U.S.”

The article fails to mention the well over $3 billion a year that American taxpayers have given Israel for years, nor the fact that some of this money has been used to develop industries that compete with U.S. companies, costing thousands of American jobs and adding to the American unemployment rate.

The story also omits the fact that Israel has periodically stolen U.S. technology, hurting the U.S. economy still more, and fails to note that support for Israel has cost Americans in the range of $3-$6 trillion and that these costs continue to escalate.

In the past 10 years alone, Americans have given Israel the equivalent of approximately $200,000 per Israeli family of five. In addition, there have been weapons subsidies, loan forgiveness programs, special trade preferences, and other generous gifts from American taxpayers to Israel. In fact, despite being one of the world’ smallest nations, Israel receives more U.S. tax money than any other country. 
It's well past time to get our own financial house in order and there is no better way to start than to put an end to being the piggy bank for the world. We must put an end to Leviathan's interventionist foreign policy before it completely bankrupts us.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

HuffPo: The Top 10 Reasons Why Dr. Ron Paul Is the Only Rational Choice

HuffPo

The top 10 reasons why Dr. Ron Paul is the only rational presidential choice for Americans, Democratic, Republican and Independent:

10. Dr. Paul works a real job, has run a small a business and served in the military. He has been a physician for 40 years, co-owned a coin store for 12 years and was a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. National Guard for five years. That was how our country was set up -- for public servants to work a real job that they returned to after their public service was done. He has real skills and is not a professional politician.
 
9. Dr. Paul has decades of experience running a business and in depth knowledge of health care.

8. Dr. Paul understands money and is chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology.

7. Dr. Paul does the right thing referencing the U.S. Constitution and works for the country versus campaigning for his ego. He has been serving the public in politics for over 40 years.

6. Dr. Paul refuses to accept a federal pension for his public service, something other members get after a short period because they do not have real jobs. According to Dr. Paul, to receive a pension for public service would be "hypocritical and immoral."

5. Unlike most other candidates out there, Dr. Paul is not a good-looking, smooth-talking, snake charmer or charismatic zealot. He is a regular, plain-spoken person who says it the way it is.

4. Dr. Paul doesn't care if big groups like him (like unions and businesses). His donations come primarily from individuals, not from groups. He is willing to serve his country honorably without personal gain. Dr. Paul will do what is right for the U.S. based on the Constitution whether or not big money or big government likes it.

3. Dr. Paul has written a bill, called the Sun Light Rule that requires our politicians have at least 10 days to read bills before signing them.

2. Dr. Paul will bring practical wisdom, cut spending, balance the budget, stabilize the economy and probably be able to do away with the IRS and income tax, a tax that is not constitutional and was started to fund the civil war and supposed to stop after the civil war. He wants to abolish the U.S. Department of Education, giving the states and parents back control. He wants to do away with other large government agencies, restoring the rightful power to the states.

1. Dr. Paul's old-fashioned decency, integrity, honor and real-life experience are exactly what our country needs after hiring actors, puppets, oil and other group-connected slick sales men and marketers. He's been married to the same woman, Carol, for 54 years (married 1957).
Electing dishonorable, irresponsible, good-looking, smooth-talkers over the past several decades has eroded our country's stability.

Are Americans finally ready to elect an honest, decent man who will not listen to non-sense from regular Americans, politicians or corporations? A president who will be accountable and hold us all accountable? I hope so.

"Special interests have replaced the concern that the Founders had for general welfare. Vote trading is seen as good politics. The errand-boy mentality is ordinary, the defender of liberty is seen as bizarre. It's difficult for one who loves true liberty and utterly detests the power of the state to come to Washington for a period of time and not leave a true cynic." -- Dr. Paul

"He does not take money from corporate PACs. Lobbyists cannot sway him; to try is a waste of time. He never bargains with his own deeply held beliefs, nor does he cut backroom deals. Because his political views and his personal convictions are in complete harmony, he seldom faces a "tough" vote. And when the politicking for the week is over, he returns to his district to take up his lifelong occupation, which has nothing to do with politics." -- S. C. Gwynne

Monday, August 29, 2011

Gary Johnson Gains Ground In Latest CNN/ORC Poll

We've always been told that the race for the White House is a marathon, not a sprint so a fast start is not a good indication of where you will finish. Just ask Fred Thompson, Rudy Giuliani or Hillary Clinton how their 2007 poll numbers worked for them. It's also easy to forget that among the current crop of GOP hopefuls, Herman Cain was peaking as he was nearing double digits in polls a few short months ago while the spring's front-runner, Tim Pawlenty is sitting on the sidelines, a beaten man.

Now we have a new rising (lone) star in Rick Perry who is nearly doubling up contestant number 2, Mitt Romney, in most polls and pulling away from the former Tea Party flavor of the month Michele Bachmann.

But lost in all the hype and hysteria is the one man who knows a little bit about endurance races; the former 2 term NM Governor Gary Johnson who is an accomplished tri-athlete and was all but written off when he tossed his hat in the NM race in 1994. Gov Johnson, who has been excluded from most national polls and has been persona non grata in the last 2 GOP debates, with a pending snub for the Sept 7 NBC-Politico debate, is slowly gaining ground.

In the newly released CNN/ORC poll Gov Johnson comes in at 2%, ahead of establishment candidates Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman while being tied with Herman Cain. It may not seem like much but you need to crawl before you can walk and with the big names slugging it out, Gary Johnson is building momentum. You also need to realize that most Americans haven't even begun to think about the 2012 race with the Iowa Caucus still 5 months away.

With this in mind, the Johnson campaign understands that in order to win in 2012 you need to still be in the race and their strategy to build grassroots support may, in the end, be the winning formula.

Via Memeorandum

Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Race Card; The Last Refuge Of The Progressive

Pardon the dearth of posts lately but I really haven't had much to say along with a few business trips that have compressed my work week, sucked up my weekends and put a crimp in my free time. This has allowed me to catch up on some reading however, as being trapped on a flying sardine can is conducive to reading. If you are going to read one book this year, you can't do better than Mark Steyn's After America. Steyn's spot on commentary and biting wit paint a not so happy picture of the future of our republic. And that's only in the first 4 chapters. I would be further along, but I was in Richmond VA last night and like the rest of the city, my hotel lost power at 5pm due to Irene. Unfortunately a glow-stick does not a reading light make.

But you didn't click this link to here about my travels, my time with Irene or my summer reading list.

Being the glutton for punishment that I am, I have been listening to "Make it Plain" on the XM socialist station just for a change of pace to see what the other side has to say. I can truthfully tell you that in my naivety I only thought it was the progressive mediots who were pushing the meme that all small government advocates hated Obama because he is black.

Boy was I wrong.

It turns out that the fan that is feeding the flames is not the ones with the mic but is actually the progressive mouth-breathers that call in and preface every point they attempt to make with the race card. Want to cut government; because Obama's black, hate socialized medicine; because Obama's black, grilled instead of original recipe; you guessed it, because Obama's black.

Now the Algore has even taken up the charge of the Raaaaacism Industrial Complex by likening those who disagree with him and his data manipulating acolytes to the sheet wearing Democrats of the first half of the 20th century.
"I remember, again going back to my early years in the South, when the Civil Rights revolution was unfolding, there were two things that really made an impression on me. My generation watched Bull Connor turning the hose on civil rights demonstrators and we went, ‘Whoa! How gross and evil is that?’ My generation asked old people, ‘Explain to me again why it is okay to discriminate against people because their skin color is different?’ And when they couldn’t really answer that question with integrity, the change really started.

Secondly, back to this phrase ‘win the conversation,’” he continued. “There came a time when friends or people you work with or people you were in clubs with — you’re much younger than me so you didn’t have to go through this personally — but there came a time when racist comments would come up in the course of the conversation and in years past they were just natural. Then there came a time when people would say, ‘Hey, man why do you talk that way, I mean that is wrong. I don’t go for that so don’t talk that way around me. I just don’t believe that.’ That happened in millions of conversations and slowly the conversation was won. And we still have racism, god knows but it's so different now, it's so much better.

We have to win the conversation on climate."
Forget the debate, since Algore and his merry band of environazis know that they can't win the argument with facts there's always the race card. Never mind that there is plenty of data out there that conclusively show that the planet goes through regular cycles of heating and cooling and our time is a mere blip on the chart.

We all know this isn't about the environment or climate change or the planet. If it were then Algore woud have the stones to debate Lord Christopher Monckton on the subject. The reality is that it's about one thing; control. The Algores are smarter than us and they know what's best for us. That's why they get to live in 10,000 sq ft energy sucking mansions while the rest of us will be soon relegated to government mandated dictums on everything from the temperature of our hovels, to the amount of meat we can consume right down to the amount of bowel movements we are allowed.

We cannot let those who want to frame everything in terms of race control the conversation. We need to call them out on every occasion or else all is lost.

Via Memeorandum

Sunday, August 14, 2011

My Thoughts On The 2012 Presidential Race

Well yesterday's Iowa Straw Poll has made thing a littler clearer and with Pawlenty out, Perry in and Palin still stringing everyone along, here are my thoughts on the race.

Sorry but I'm not going to make anyone happy.

Of the 3 top establishment candidates, Bachmann, Romney and Perry I really don't feel there is all that much space between them at all. In one way or another the are all pro-government, anti-liberty candidates who will maintain the status quo and do little to shrink the size of Leviathan or prevent it from infringing on our person freedoms.

With Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry running on the Christian conservative platform we can be certain that they are the least bit interested in the individual liberty or personal freedom of anyone who fall outside of their narrow views. I'm a social libertarian and as long as we all respect each others personal and property rights, the state need not be involved. You can lump Sarah Palin in with these 2 should she decide to run also.

Bachmann also voted for the PATRIOT Act and for that reason alone will never, ever get my vote.

Next we have Mitt Romney who has problems of his own. The 400 pound gorilla on his back is RonmeyCare of course, but Mitt's got other monkeys on his back too. As a resident of the People's Republic of Massachusetts I've witnessed Mitt first hand and can tell you that he goes with the political winds of what he thinks will get him elected. When he ran for Senate against Teddy he was a true blue conservative but when he ran for Governor he was a moderate. The mediots will have a field day with all his flips and flops. He also has that venture capitalist thing going for him.

Then we have the wild card in the race; Ron Paul. I like Dr Paul and since my first choice, former NM Governor Gary Johnson has been marginalized to the point of non existence by the mediots, he'll get my support should Gov Johnson exit the race.

Now Ron Paul has problems of his own; primarily that Leviathan and the mediots do not want him there and will do everything in their power to ignore, belittle and marginalize him. RP also doesn't help his case when he comes across as the crazy Uncle. Case in point with his back and forth with Santorum over Iran and nukes in the debate. What he was trying to say and what he said didn't quite gel. As a non-interventionist myself I understood the point he was trying to get across but what he was saying even made me cringe a bit. Things like that do not play well with the majority of the electorate who's understanding of the issues are mainly the sound bytes that the mediots feed them.

So you might ask, where does this leave us? Well in my humble opinion we are in big trouble. Baring a miracle where Ron Paul or Gary Johnson come out victorious, the most likely outcome of the GOP primaries is that we will have a choice between an establishment statist running from the right to face the establishment statist from the left who is currently occupying the White House.

That being the case, no matter who wins, the American people and the fate of our republic lose.

They Will Only Be Able To Ignore Ron Paul For So Long

Why should the mediots get to decide who is or is not a viable candidate?

Saturday, August 13, 2011

14 Reasons Why Rick Perry Would Be A Really, Really Bad President

End of the American Dream

Right now, Rick Perry is trying to portray himself as a "good conservative" so that if he enters the race he will be accepted by Christian conservatives.  If Rick Perry did win the Republican nomination, he would have a great chance of winning the general election because he would very much be an "establishment" candidate.

But before Republicans get too excited about Rick Perry, there are a whole lot of things that they should know about him.
The following are 14 reasons why Rick Perry would be a really, really bad president....

#1 Rick Perry is a "big government" politician.  When Rick Perry became the governor of Texas in 2000, the total spending by the Texas state government was approximately $49 billion.  Ten years later it was approximately $90 billion.  That is not exactly reducing the size of government.

#2 The debt of the state of Texas is out of control.  According to usdebtclock.org, the debt to GDP ratio in Texas is 22.9% and the debt per citizen is $10,645.  In California (a total financial basket case), the debt to GDP ratio is just 18.7% and the debt per citizen is only $9932.  If Rick Perry runs for president these are numbers he will want to keep well hidden.

#3 The total debt of the Texas government has more than doubled since Rick Perry became governor.  So what would the U.S. national debt look like after four (or eight) years of Rick Perry?

#4 Rick Perry has spearheaded the effort to lease roads in Texas to foreign companies, to turn roads that are already free to drive on into toll roads, and to develop the Trans-Texas Corridor which would be part of the planned NAFTA superhighway system.  If you really do deep research on this whole Trans-Texas Corridor nonsense you will see why no American should ever cast a single vote for Rick Perry.

#5 Rick Perry claims that he has a "track record" of not raising taxes.  That is a false claim.  Rick Perry has repeatedly raised taxes and fees while he has been governor.  Today, Texans are faced with significantly higher taxes and fees than they were before Rick Perry was elected.

#6 Even with the oil boom in Texas, 23 states have a lower unemployment rate than Texas does.

#7 Back in 1988, Rick Perry supported Al Gore for president.  In fact, Rick Perry actually served as Al Gore's campaign chairman in the state of Texas that year.

#8 Between December 2007 and April 2011, weekly wages in the U.S. increased by about 5 percent.  In the state of Texas they increased by just 0.6% over that same time period.

#9 Texas now has one of the worst education systems in the nation.  The following is from an opinion piece that was actually authored by Barbara Bush earlier this year....
•  We rank 36th in the nation in high school graduation rates. An estimated 3.8 million Texans do not have a high school diploma.
•  We rank 49th in verbal SAT scores, 47th in literacy and 46th in average math SAT scores.
•  We rank 33rd in the nation on teacher salaries.
#10 Rick Perry attended the Bilderberg Group meetings in 2007.  Associating himself with that organization should be a red flag for all American voters.

#11 Texas has the highest percentage of workers making minimum wage out of all 50 states.

#12 Rick Perry often gives speeches about illegal immigration, but when you look at the facts, he has been incredibly soft on the issue.  If Rick Perry does not plan to secure the border, then he should not be president because illegal immigration is absolutely devastating many areas of the southwest United States.

#13 In 2007, 221,000 residents of Texas were making minimum wage or less.  By 2010, that number had risen to 550,000.

#14 Rick Perry actually issued an executive order in 2007 that would have forced almost every single girl in the state of Texas to receive the Gardasil vaccine before entering the sixth grade.  Perry would have put parents in a position where they would have had to fill out an application and beg the government not to inject their child with a highly controversial vaccine. Since then, very serious safety issues regarding this vaccine have come to light.  Fortunately, lawmakers in Texas blocked what Perry was trying to do.  According to Wikipedia, many were troubled when "apparent financial connections between Merck and Perry were reported by news outlets, such as a $6,000 campaign contribution and Merck's hiring of former Perry Chief of Staff Mike Toomey to handle its Texas lobbying work."

Rick Perry has a record that should make all Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians and Independents cringe.

Ron Paul Finishes A Close 2nd In Ames, Iowa Straw Poll - The R3volution Continues

The results are in, no surprise that Michele Bachmann won but it was close. It will be interesting to see if the mediots focus on the Paul campaign busing in supporters while claiming that Bachmann has the real support of Iowans.

Michele Bachmann: 4823 (28.55%)
Ron Paul: 4671 (27.65%)
Tim Pawlenty: 2293 (13.57%)
Rick Santorum: 1657 (9.81%)
Herman Cain: 1456 (8.62%)
Rick Perry: 718 (3.62%) write-in
Mitt Romney: 567 (3.36%)
Newt Gingrich: 385 (2.28%)
Jon Huntsman: 69 (0.41%)
Thad McCotter: 35 (0.21%)

Can't say I'm thrilled that any candidate can buy their votes but the LSM and sheeple don't seem to care.

Retail politics at its finest.

Via Memeorandum

Why We Are Losing The Battle

It's a sad fact of life, but we don't make anything anymore. Go into any store or buy something online and you'll find very few consumer products made in the USA. If you do find any they are higher priced than competing foreign made products.

Now I'm not suggesting that we all need to "buy American", far from it. I believe in the free market and even though countries like China subsidize their exports that's not the real problem.

The gorilla in the room that keeps us from competing on the world market is the amount of hoops that US companies need to jump through. As Mark Steyn points out, federal regulation account for 10% of GDP, which put manufacturers in the US at a competitive disadvantage. Is it any wonder why US companies outsource just about everything now? It cost far less than paying the hidden taxes that regulations force them to pay here.

It's not like we're any better off either. Progressives and the unions [really one in the same] love to point out that regulations like minimum wage laws and worker safety regulations have improved thing for American workers but have they really? All minimum wage laws have done is make it harder for minorities and younger Americans to get jobs while workplace safety was steadily improving well before OSHA came about.

Until we get Leviathan off the backs of business, our economy will never turn around and employment in the US will continue its death spiral. It's not the other countries that are causing our demise, it's our own government.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Rand Paul To Introduce Legislation Calling For Geithner Resignation

H/T Hot Air Pundit

"Blaming the Tea Party [for the downgrade] is sorta like blaming the fireman when he comes to put out the fire."

Saturday, August 6, 2011

China and Russia See The Problem, Why Can't We?

Just about everyone in the US, outside of Austrian School devotees, fail to see the that the solution to the to our debt problems is less spending.

Now outside of the US, it's a different story altogether. Earlier in the week Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin lambasted us for being parasites on the global economy and now China is calling for us to "reestablish the common sense principle that one should live within its means."

There is the common assumption that China needs us just as much as we need them, after all China is reliant on exports to the US to sustain it's growth. But there is a flaw in this assumption. China knows that there are other emerging economies that could soon pick up the slack and they themselves have a growing consumer class whose purchasing power could soon rival that of the US.

The second flaw is that China has not so secretly hedging it's bets, buying up gold and other commodities, as is the rest of Asia. Even if the US economy does tank they are still sitting on $2.5 trillion in reserves.

China is not without it's own problems, for sure, but they are relatively minor in comparison.

What we need is the politicians of both parties and progressives of the ruling elite to realize that you cannot spend your way out of debt. The whole Keynesian notion that only through government intervention can you get an economy back on track is a fallacy as Bastiat shows.

It is time for Leviathan to take these harsh critiques to heart and do what is right for our republic. Otherwise the standard of living we have become accustomed to will be gone forever and you may as well start learning Mandarin if you want to compete.

Via Memeorandum

Happy Birthday To The Greatest Girl In The World

That would be my beautiful wife, Christine, who celebrates her birthday today.

Anyone who could put up with me for the past 28 years, married to me for 19 of those, has to be someone special.

So happy birthday honey, you are the greatest girl in the world.

Christina Romer Sums Up Economy In 3 Words - "Pretty Darn Fucked"

It's not encouraging as you'd think though.

The former chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers still supports Keynesian economics and like every Keynesian apologist believes that all the money that has been thrown at solving our debt problem hasn't been enough.

I especially love that she sites the empirical evidence pointing to the viability of Keynesian theory when in reality we have seen that it has been an abject failure over the past 4 years under Bush and Obama.

But what do I know, according to Maher, I'm one of the "stupid people".



Via Memeorandum
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