Thursday, December 30

the crack up

Leftists have lost their minds. Notice I don't call them Liberals anymore. Liberals are tolerant, open-minded people. So they are Leftists from here on out, okay?

Anyway, they are going crazy. First, Nancy Pelosi is out there, fundraising, telling people that she's going to 'protect the progress' Democrats have made. As if 10% unemployment, a $1.4 trillion dollar deficit and a spate of unconstitutional policies should be considered points of progress or pride.

Do you know that Pelosi represents the smallest percentage of voters in California?

Second, I never miss an opportunity to bash Al Gore, since global warming is such an avowed joke.

I pray for dead terrorists but I also pray for (politically) dead Democrats.

Friday, December 24

last hurrah


Democrats were repudiated at the ballot box seven weeks ago but they still act like they own Washington DC.  The best thing I've always said about the Left is they are ballsy and passionate and driven. They stop at nothing to get what they want.

Wednesday, December 22

the coming economic boom

In Iraq.

I read this amazing opinion piece by Bartle Bull yesterday in the Wall Street Journal. And then I re-read it. Most people don't subscribe to WSJ so I'm posting it here.

"The expected announcement of Iraq's new government marks the culmination of a remarkable process. The former bully-boy of the Arab neighborhood has become its only functional democracy. What may be the world's richest resource economy, once the closed shop of a murderous clique, is today wide open for business. 

"Driven by what many geologists consider the world's largest oil reserves, Iraq will probably be the world's biggest crude oil producer within a decade. The country currently ranks second to Saudi Arabia in official reserves, with 143 billion barrels. With much of Iraq's exploration still to come after a three-decade hiatus, and with Saudi Arabia's reserves substantially inflated and already in decline, Iraq could take the mantle as No. 1 in fairly short order.

"Iraq last year signed 12 oil contracts that promise to take output from under two million barrels per day currently—less than Algeria—to over 12 million by 2016. This timeline is probably optimistic, but the contracts will likely see Iraq surpass Saudi Arabia's 10 million to 11 million barrels per day within a decade. And these figures include no contributions from Iraqi Kurdistan, from natural gas reserves, or from new oil fields, with which the lightly-explored country is replete.

"The Saudi comparison suggests that as Iraq's oil production rises, its economy could grow approximately six-fold over the coming decade—gross domestic product is currently $66 billion—and add a mind-boggling $300 billion in annual GDP. This means one of the largest economic reconstruction and development booms in history.
Bull
David Gothard 
"The entire Iraqi economy is being rebuilt. The government's electricity program has a $50 billion price tag. Baghdad has awarded the reconstruction of Sadr City to six Turkish companies at a cost of $11 billion. Nationwide, thousands of police stations, schools and clinics will be built. Airports, bridges, dams, railways and roads are being planned. The $20 billion Al Faw port project will create the leading port in the Persian Gulf. A modern army, air force and navy will be trained and armed. The investment programs of last year's 12 oil deals alone add up to well more than $200 billion. 
"The holy cities of Najaf and Karbala currently receive more annual visitors than Mecca but have almost no hotel space or modern residential facilities. Iraq's real-estate sector generally is warming up, with Abu Dhabi companies alone committing over $65 billion in the last year. New refineries, cement plants and steel mills are being financed across the country.

"Iraq's greatest resource is its famously resourceful, tough, educated and enterprising people. Whereas the capitals of the Gulf oil monarchies did not have paved streets a generation or two ago, Baghdad and Basra are ancient capitals of commerce, ideas and global finance. 

"Oil, people and history are not Iraq's only advantages. One of the important food-exporting countries of world history, watered by the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, Iraq possesses abundant agricultural potential. Located at the head of the Persian Gulf, Iraq is poised to regain its ancient role as a trade link between East and West. A modern rail system linking the Gulf to Europe via Turkey will provide Asian exports a faster, safer and cheaper alternative to the Suez Canal and the Horn of Africa.
Perhaps most important of all, Iraq's is a free economy. There is no ruling family, party or tribe in Iraq, and there is no culture of religious imposition.

"There is strong evidence that Iraq can avoid much of the "oil curse" and build a more cosmopolitan and modern economy than those of its autocratic neighbors. In the last election, senior Iraqi leaders campaigned on, among other things, establishing individual oil accounts for Iraq citizens to receive their share of the nation's wealth directly. Unique among the region's resource economies, this would put the state at the mercy of the people, not the other way around. 

"The quality of Iraq's economic management is visible in the soundness of its macroeconomic picture. Inflation is under control at 5% per year, the government budget will likely be balanced with increased exports in 2011, and the Iraqi dinar (soon to appreciate as exports take off) has held steady against the U.S. dollar since early 2009. GDP growth, forecast by the International Monetary Fund to be 11.5% for 2011, is already among the highest in the world, with the investment boom barely in its infancy and the export surge yet to begin.

"Corruption, of course, is a problem. But Iraq's oil industry, which accounts for 80% of the economy, is one of the world's most transparent. Last year's auctions were subject to competitive bidding, the contract terms were announced publicly, and the bids were opened live on national television.

"To followers of extractive industries, it was previously unimaginable that this could happen outside of a few highly developed countries like Norway or Australia. This year Iraq was accepted on the membership track for the international Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. It is the only Middle Eastern oil country even to apply.

"Violence in Iraq is now mostly a criminal matter. Over the past two years, the country has suffered fewer than 40% of the deaths by violence that Mexico has. Iraqi fatalities are now well below the levels seen during the quiet months immediately following the U.S invasion in 2003. A visit to Baghdad or Basra today isn't intimidating for businessmen accustomed to Lagos or Rio de Janeiro.

"Bureaucracy is Iraq's biggest problem. Incorporating local entities is expensive and time-consuming. Obtaining a visitor's visa is absurdly difficult for a country requiring so much foreign investment. And numerous ministries and government agencies frequently claim authority over simple business matters. But the big picture for foreign companies is positive, as Iraq has a substantially more modern and liberal regulatory framework than almost any nearby country. Foreigners can own 100% of Iraqi companies, must pay only the 15% flat tax that the rest of the economy pays on profits, and may take 100% of those profits home when and how they please.

"Nine months has been a long time to wait for a new government, but the process has happened peacefully and constitutionally. That's far more encouraging than all the country's oil reserves together."

oy vey


Nancy Pelosi has hired Hollywood uber director Steven Spielberg to help rebrand the Democrats?

Saturday, December 18

shell game


Proponents of Obamacare often like to point out that many of the individual pieces of Obamacare are very popular with the public according to polling data. So then, they conclude, the fact that a majority of the public doesn't like the overall proposal must therefore be merely a matter of messaging. Since the individual elements of Obamacare are popular it's really only a matter of explaining it better to get everyone on board with the entire law, they assure themselves and us.

Of course, this kind of rationale is not only highly disingenuous, it's really quite silly as I am about to demonstrate.

The parts of Obamacare that people like are the the good parts, the carrots, the giveaways. The parts people don't like are the bad parts like the mandate and fines, the sticks. Of course, in reality the carrots cannot be extricated from the sticks. They are specifically designed to work in concert, there is no getting the good without the bad.

Let's use the analogy of a cruise. Let's say the government is proposing that everyone should go on a one week cruise on a cruise ship because it would be beneficial to society. On this cruise there will be free food and beverage, free entertainment, and a free limo ride for everyone to the cruise terminal. However, in order to lower the costs of all of these items every American will be mandated to go on the cruise whether they want to or not and pay $2000 each.

Proponents of this cruise plan could then conclude that despite the public's apparent distaste for the entire plan surely the overall plan is great by pointing to polling data on the individual features of the plan. Not surprisingly they would find that the free food and beverage polls well, as does the free entertainment and free limo ride. They could say that yes, the part of the plan where we force everyone to take part is widely despised and it costs too much, but look at how popular the free stuff part of the plan is!

So yes, that some of the individual parts of Obamacare are popular is immaterial in an argument attempting to rationalize the entire law. That the lettuce and tomato are still good in a sandwich with rotted meat does not make the sandwich worth eating.

Friday, December 17

hope, change & empty political rhetoric

Tuesday, December 14

unfair share

I'm starting to think my guy in 2012 is going to be outgoing Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty.

His WSJ op-ed "Government Unions vs. Taxpayers" is information every voter should have.
"Federal employees receive an average of $123,049 annually in pay and benefits, twice the average of the private sector. And across the country, at every level of government, the pattern is the same: Unionized public employees are making more money, receiving more generous benefits, and enjoying greater job security than the working families forced to pay for it with ever-higher taxes, deficits and debt."
How do we reform public employee unions? Pawlenty spells it out.
"Bring public employee compensation back in line with the private sector and reduce the overall size of the federal civilian work force.
"Start using the same established accounting standards that private businesses are required to use, so we can accurately assess unfunded liabilities. 
"End defined-benefit retirement plans for government employees. The private sector dropped them years ago in favor of the clarity and predictability of defined-contribution models such as 401(k) plans."
Unions once were a good thing, protecting workers from exploitation, but now they are strangling America's finances with out of balance, unsustainable salaries and benefits packages.

Why is this important? Unions are powerful and rich and they vote for Democrats. Ironically, the politicians preaching 'fairness' and 'social justice' reward union bosses and their mindless minions with unfair and unjust pay and perks because they have to. Without union support, Democrats would be unelectable nationwide.

Something to think about the next time you vote.

lame duck


The founders had long distances to travel to and from Washington DC. The lame duck Congress was intended to give lawmakers the time to go home after the midterm election and then come back again in the new year for the new Congress.

A lame duck was never intended to be a repository for neglected Congressional business or a forum to ram pet projects through on partisan majorities.

But what do the Democrats care? The politics of Obama, Pelosi and Reid (the pigs at the trough, above) were thoroughly repudiated in November. The Republicans will be the majority in the House of Representatives come January, but until that time the dying majority of anti-American Leftists are ignoring the will of the people again (just as they did with Obamacare) and are attempting to pass a new $1.1 trillion dollar spending bill!

This omnibus bill contains some 6,488 earmarks of vital, pressing people's business like:

$277,000 for potato pest management in Wisconsin
$246,000 for bovine tuberculosis in Michigan and Minnesota
$522,000 for cranberry and blueberry disease and breeding in New Jersey
$500,000 for oyster safety in Florida
$349,000 for swine waste management in North Carolina
$413,000 for peanut research in Alabama
$247,000 for virus free wine grapes in Washington
$208,000 beaver management in North Carolina
$94,000 for blackbird management in Louisiana
$165,000 for maple syrup research in Vermont
$235,000 for noxious weed management in Nevada
$100,000 for the Edgar Allen Poe Cottage Visitor’s Center in New York
$300,000 for the Polynesian Voyaging Society in Hawaii
$400,000 for solar parking canopies and plug-in electric stations in Kansas


Is there a more disgusting person on the face of the planet than Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi? The woman has consistently and arrogantly abrogated all common sense and responsibility of her job since taking power in 2007.

The existence of jet planes mean there should never again be a lame duck Congress.

Monday, December 13

stick that pen up your...


A Federal Judge in Virginia ruled that the government cannot mandate that we purchase health insurance. That means Obamacare is violates the Constitution, just as Conservatives and other smart people have been saying.

Not that Judge Hudson's ruling kills Obamacare. That will be left to the Supreme Court. Remember, other federal courts have held that Obamacare is Constitutional. But the Virginia decision today carries some weight.

The above picture of the elitest, self-righteous, self-appointed Queen of America Nancy Pelosi, was taken on the day Obama signed the unconstitutional bill into law. Democrats were so happy that day. I think Nancy and her band of anti-American, unconstitutional zealots should stick that pen where the sun don't shine.

Thursday, December 9

democrats are liars

The Democrats are actively engaged in lying to the American public about taxes.

It's one thing to oppose tax cuts, believing wrongly that they are bad for the economy and for economic growth. There are a number of ignorant people out there. You probably know many of them.

These ignorant people are perfectly capable of functioning. They eat, they drive, they have jobs, they have families. But they are getting erroneous information from Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, Anthony Weiner, Brian Williams, Katie Couric and Diane Sawyer. Like the guy I ran into at the barbershop today.

He was talking about 'the tax cuts for the rich' that are going to 'run up the deficit.' Ironically, he doesn't know that extending unemployment benefits another 13 months is what will add to the deficit, not the tax cuts. The poor guy has been lied to. He's been purposefully misled.

The Democrats are actively engaged in lying to the American public about taxes.

The current debate isn't about tax cuts. It's about extending tax cuts from 2001 and 2003. What Obama did this week, the agreement he and the Republicans came to, does not cut taxes again. Obama and the Republicans agreed to extend the Bush tax cuts until 2012, when, presumably, we'll be forced to have this maddening debate again.

There's no law against being stupid. But these people are Democrats and they believe what they believe because they listen to what the Democrats say. So when the barbershop guy tells me today that the Bush tax cuts are now going to continue to drive up the deficit, he says that because he's heard a Democrat in Washington DC say that.

What the Democrats are now doing is beyond irresponsible. They are actively engaged in lying to the electorate, telling people, screaming from the halls of Congress, shouting into microphones that extending the Bush tax cuts will be a drag on the deficit and a negative for the economy.

The Democrats are actively engaged in lying to the American public. 

Democrats get elected by lying to their voters. The electoral prospects of the Democrats depends on lies to blacks, gays, Hispanics, women. Yet, black schools never get better, gay rights are materialize, immigration reform never happens, Roe v. Wade is never over-turned.

Democrats have to lie to their constituents, otherwise people would see the truth. People would see the truth because taxes would be lower, unemployment would be low, the economy would be rocking and there would be more opportunities for everyone. People would see the truth. Inner city schools would be better. People would see the truth. Gays would be treated with respect. People would see the truth. Abortion would cease to be used as a political football every two and four years.

People would see the truth and they would vote for Republicans. Not that Republicans are perfect in any way. But given the contrast, Republicans are the only credible choice. Democrats have to lie, otherwise people would see how right the Republicans are on most political issues.

Wednesday, December 8

enter triangulation



This is Obama's first of possibly many triangulation speeches. His framing of the tax cut issue is pure triangulation. He's essentially saying, "The left wants this here, and the right wants that there and I hover above it all and do what's best for the American people."

Tuesday, December 7

the bush tax cuts

Barack Obama
I love how discombobulated the Left is about Obama extending these tax cuts.

As if he had a choice. As if there was ever a doubt. Like they wouldn't extend them.

This is an amazing moment of clarity, where the Left is forced to admit that Republicans ideas WORK.

Thursday, December 2

unserious

Besides the middle class tax chicken crap what else did Queen Nancy do today?

She considered as 'unfinished business' a bunch of stuff like HR 1638 which supports the goals and ideas of National GEAR UP day; HR 1598 which designates the month of October as 'National Work and Family Month"; HR 1576 expressing the sense of the House that a National Day of Recognition for Parents of Children with Special Needs should be established.

Oh, she did some serious stuff, too, like HR 1737 a.k.a., censuring Charlie 'Tax cheat' Rangel after he was found guilty of violating 11 House ethics rules. But the Rangel matter is just a small thing, comparatively speaking, next to all of the big stuff Pelosi and the so-called 'Democratic' party is working on.

Like, what could be more important than designating May as 'Child Advocacy Center Month' as HR 1313 seeks to do?

Ah, the pursuits of the Best and the Brightest. Bottom line, the Democrats waste a hell of a lot of time and a hell of a lot of our money on ridiculous crap like this.

The Republicans are serious people focused on doing serious work on behalf of the country.

chicken crap



The House voted 234-188, with the assistance of three idiot Republicans - Ron Paul (TX), Walter Jones (NC) and John Duncan (TN) - to extend the Bush tax cuts ONLY for those individuals/couples making under $200,000/$250,000 a year.

Isn't lame duck Speaker Nancy Pelosi pleased with herself? She gaveled the vote to a close and got 'a smattering' of applause from her fellow pig Democrats.

I like how the incoming Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) characterized the vote on what the Democrats are suddenly calling "middle class tax cuts." He called it "chicken crap."

I also like, and have new admiration for, twenty non-pig Democrats who voted NAY on chicken crap.

**Rep. Brian Baird (WA)
Rep. Dan Boren (OK)
*Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper (PA)
*Rep. Artur Davis (AL)
Rep. Lloyd Doggett (TX)
*Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (SD)
*Rep. Ron Klein (FL)
Rep. Jim Matheson (UT)
Rep. Mike McIntyre (NC)
*Rep. Mike McMahon (NY)
Rep. Jerry McNerney (CA)
*Rep. Walt Minnick (ID)
Rep. Gwen Moore (WI)
Rep. Jim Moran (VA)
Rep. Collin Peterson (MN)
*Rep. Earl Pomeroy (ND)
Rep. Bobby Scott (VA)
*Rep. Gene Taylor (MS)
Rep. Mike Thompson (CA)
Rep. Pete Visclosky (IN)

* Lost re-election
** Retiring

Wednesday, December 1

i'm back

It's been awhile hasn't it?

Since we talked last the Republicans won back the House of Representatives.

Since we talked last a stake has been driven through the heart of that climate change bullshit.

Since we talked last Obama still sucks, and he's leading by executive order.

An AIDS activist says "Obama's no leader."

And big time Leftist Mort Zuckerman says America, under Obama, is in decline.

Since we talked last American airports have been Obama-ized.

Since we talked last America's national security has again been raped.

Since we talked last American aid has been funding European banks.

You know my opinion. The only good Democrat is a defeated Democrat.

Congratulations Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Eric Cantor. Good men, both.

Bye bye Queen Bitch Nancy.
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