Archive for July, 2009

PARANOIA

July 23, 2009

I generally try not to get caught up in conspiracy theories.  I listen to them, but find most hard to substantiate and therefore I dismiss them.  That said, I would like to introduce you to a diabolical theory of my own.

Paranoia seems to be the theme of the day with our current administration.  I know, I have been classified as a “Right Wing Extremist” that should be closely watched in case I become subversive and, thus, dangerous to this administration.  Why am I considered a Right Wing Extremist?  It appears that because I served my country in combat at the behest of my government, and because I have views different from this administration, and because I have attended multiple Tea Parties and exchanged knowledge and information with other like minds at these events, I am apparently a greater threat than the new arrivals from Syria, Pakistan, Libya or the local mosque.

Right Wing Extremist:  I wear the moniker proudly due to the source and origin.

So as a turn around to that paranoia, or perhaps to amplify it’s credibility, I had a thought that may just surprise and awaken more people than even I can possibly imagine and cause some people to finally think for themselves for the first time in their lives.  Please follow the bouncing ball and do not hit delete before you have read the following script entirely.

Yesterday I was driving in my Chevy truck when a commercial came on the radio for On Star.  On Star is an on-board electronic system that incorporates GPS and other satellite technologies that can be used in case of an emergency or as a vocal assistance or navigation device.  On Star is broadcasting from your car when you are in it, driving or stopped, and also when the car is parked without the ignition on.

The GPS component has been a part of every GM vehicle manufactured since the early 1990s.  The full On Star system has been installed and the service offered as an option since 1996 and as a standard feature since 2007.  Owners of autos equipped with the On Star system do not have to subscribe to the service for it to be monitored by the corporate computer gurus.

So, as I was driving, I thought that the government now owns a major and controlling interest in GM.  Obama has placed a number of his people in key supervisory positions within the company.  What if… what if just one of the operators decided to check on my vehicle (let’s call it Program 127498-777-3-C).  They could identify exactly where I was, how fast I was driving and which direction I was headed at that exact moment.  They could, if I was interesting enough, follow my every turn, stop, length of stay and journey recommencement.  They could be recording every move of every GM vehicle so equipped, for future use.

Now remember, I am classified as one who requires attention from this government.  But I am not the only one.  My life and excursions are benign if not boring; except for the Tea Parties I attend.  What about someone who poses a greater threat to Obama through their words or actions; someone with some political clout?  How about if they stop by a nudie bar every night on their way home from work, or have a girlfriend/boyfriend who they see every Wednesday evening (working late)…and they were married?  How ‘bout if they are friends of Rush Limbaugh and stopped by his house?

Obama has already ruined the lives of some C level executives and he has fired at least one Inspector General who didn’t play his game.  Gerald Walpin was apparently fired because he was doing the job for which he had been hired.  Unfortunately, he was investigating misuse of federal funds by a personal friend of the President.  Obama is showing an increasing propensity for using the power of the office to make waste of other adversaries, whistleblowers and otherwise honest people.

So remember, GM = Government Motors.       On Star = Big Brother is an ever-present passenger.

But then who knows what Steven Rattner (or the next car czar if this pension fund kickback thing sticks) will be able to institute for all future autos, from all manufacturers and all countries that are driven on our roads.

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I BELIEVE! I BELIEVE!

July 20, 2009

I believe everything that is spoken, written or any otherwise communicated by this administration.  Why, because I accept everything on face value without questioning anything.

I believe that if I make less than $250k per year, my taxes won’t go up, period – not my income tax, not my payroll tax, not my capital gains taxes, not any of my taxes.

I believe that government run healthcare will allow me to keep my current health insurance.  I believe that if I do not have health insurance, the government will provide better care at less cost.

I believe that since the stimulus package was passed with haste and without Congress being aware of what they were passing, that national unemployment will never reach 8%.  I believe that the stimulus is working as planned.

I believe that the great minds and mentors of this administration truly did misread the economy.  I believe that the stimulus is working as planned.

I believe that taxing successful companies and wealthy employers is the only way to retain jobs and create new jobs.  I believe that the stimulus is working as planned.

I believe that the nation is going to go bankrupt and that we have to spend large sums of taxpayer money to keep from going bankrupt.  I believe that the stimulus is working as planned.

I believe that 112 U.S. troops have been killed in Afghanistan since the beginning of 2009 and the 12-month total for 2008 was 155.  I believe that our government has shown resolve and strength in this war.

I believe that doubling the national debt that took 233 years to accumulate, in five months is justified.  I believe that continued spending of money we don’t have is necessary to grow the economy.  I believe that the stimulus is working as planned.

I believe that Executive Orders are meant to erase any evidence of the immediate past president if he ran under an opposing ticket.

I believe that the President of the United States of America has the authority to fire, or cause to be fired, from a civilian job any individual who opposes the administration, no matter what their capacity or industry.  I believe that it is fair to destroy companies and individuals that did not contribute large sums of money to either the DNC or the Obama presidential campaign.

And, I believe that socialism is a wonderful and viable economic, political and philosophical doctrine.  I believe we will all get along splendidly when we are living in our dirt-floor grass huts as long as we are allowed to give the majority of our earnings to the government.

I believe, because I am stupid.  I believe, because I do not pay attention or question.  I believe, because a half-black man is finally president and my guilt has at last been quelled.

November 2, 2010 is approaching faster than you might think.  PLEASE, learn the policies and voting records of the candidates and choose wisely.  Help replace as many in Congress as possible with people who will represent us.  Do not be fooled again by the oratory ability or charisma of the individual.

CREATING JOBS

July 14, 2009

We must have another stimulus package passed by the Congress and signed by the president.  Why?  Well it’s to create more jobs.

President Obama has appointed not less than 32 czars at this point.  I say not less than because I cannot type fast enough to keep up with the latest actual number. Thirty-two czars, each of which requires a staff of not less than ten subordinates, office space, furniture, equipment and supplies, utilities, etc.

This, according to Obama, is creating jobs.  It really seems to me more like payola for loyalty and campaign contributions.  The czars are accountable to no one other than the president.  Congress has no say regarding their pay or function.  If there is a job assessment, it will be done by none other than the president.  If there is really a job to be done, the work will be evaluated by him.  But it looks a lot like many of the positions are simply require that the czar exists, and there is no real operation to officiate.

Typically, a czar is a person with advanced knowledge who exercises authority in a particular field.  That individual is put in place to facilitate particular operations and expedite a positive outcome.

If we have a Director of Homeland Security who was appointed because of her expertise in the field of immigration, why is there need for a “Border Czar”?  If we are a system of free economic enterprise, why is there need for a “Compensation Czar” or a “Car Czar”?  We already have the CIA and NSA and probably a dozen other alphabet agencies to protect us from bad guys here and abroad.  So why is it necessary to have a “WMD and Terrorism Czar” who has never seen, and will never see a battlefield, if we have a superior standing army with well qualified generals?

As with any government involvement, this czar program is nothing more than more bureaucracies influencing agencies that would be at least as well off, if not better off, without another layer of meddlesome micromanagement.

Stimulus 2 (aka Pork Barrel Spending Bill #2) will be hastened through Congress just like the first one.  It will not be read by our legislators so that they will have plausible deniability after it passes and the American public finds out just how much waste it contains.

The president will announce that in spite of uncontrollably rising unemployment that another hundred thousand or so jobs have been created.  Of course they will all be an added burden on the few remaining employed tax-payers because they will all be seizing those taxes as they receive pay and benefits unprecedented in the private sector for comparable work.  And private sector unemployment will continue into double digits.  Welfare rolls will continue to rise.

Of course, as soon as enough people are out of work, starving and can no longer pay for their health insurance, the national health care plan will be looking better and have a greater chance of passing.  It won’t be read by the members of Congress voting for it either, but they’ll pass it.

PORK BARREL SPENDING PLAN #2

July 9, 2009

Congress and the Obama administration are talking about a second stimulus package.  The first worked out so well it’s time for more.  This is a typical governmental way of handling things.  If it’s broken, throw money at it.  It doesn’t matter why it’s broken, just throw some bucks that way and maybe the problem will go away.  It generally doesn’t, but they keep doing it.

Take the education system for instance.  It has been broken for over thirty years.  More money has been poured into the system annually with no improvement, so they spend more of our tax money and our kids continue to learn less, so they give the schools more money.  The NEA and unions love it and administrators get raises, too.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (aka Pork Barrel Spending Bill #1) had to be passed fast-fast to keep companies from declaring bankruptcy and keep people employed.  It had to be passed so rapidly that almost no member of Congress even read the bill or knew what they were voting on.  As it turned out, it was more about crony payback than economic stimulus.  Of the money that has been spent, most of it went to donors or campaign money bundlers.  Other than that, the rest has been given to organizations for research and study of “Non-Waddling Western Wacky Ducks” or “The Effects of Fast Food on Obesity (study #1,547,008,932 and successive)” or other urgent and essential projects by companies owned or controlled by Obama supporters.

So, the first stimulus package of $787,000,000,000 that had to be passed to keep the jobless rate below 9% didn’t work.  The jobless rate is now over 9.5% and climbing.  So let’s have another stimulus package and throw some more future generations money at the problem.

I just read that $18 million of the 787 billion dollars will be spent to upgrade the website for Recovery.org.  In case you’re not familiar with that site, it is the government’s site to inform the public how wisely and effectively the stimulus money is being spent .  I don’t know about you, but almost everybody has a child or knows one who would do the job for a few thousand bucks.

I was talking with a fellow the other day that had been laid off from his job of 30+ years along with over 300 others when the plant closed.  At 25 years he got his gold watch, at 30 years of faithful service to his employer he got his pink slip.  And he was a young guy, barely over 50, still raising a family, not yet ready to retire.  He’s not feeling very stimulated right now.  Unfortunately, he has paid all of his taxes on time otherwise he could be…oh, maybe a czar of layoffs.

“The truth is, we and everyone else misread the economy,” Joe Biden stated just a few days ago.  Duh!  Could this have anything to do with the lack of executive and management experience of this administration?  Steve Martin would say, “Nah”.

So, how’s that whole touchy-feely “Hope and Change” thing working out for you so far?

HERRRRRRES BARNEY!

July 7, 2009

Remember all the noise at the beginning of the collapse of the financial and housing markets?  It was all about how President Bush and his cronies forced through deregulation of the nations lending laws.  That well could have been a part of the greed-enhanced collapse of those markets.  There was, however, an equal or greater influence involved that almost no one wants to talk about even if they do recognize it.

That influence was the loosening of credit standards by a Congress composed, at that time, of a moderate to liberal Republican majority and a very liberal Democrat minority.  They are the ones that really started the meltdown of the mortgage industry.  It was 1999.  It was at the behest of that Congress and the Clinton administration that credit card companies and other consumer lenders reduced the criteria for granting credit.  They were asked to do so to make more credit available to more people.  Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac also began backing more of these loans  for lower income individuals and families.  Stable job history and expected continued employment were no longer considered and previous credit histories were all but ignored.

A major player in the changes for the credit industry was Barney Frank.

It was the 107th and 108th Congresses that truly undermined the foundation of the credit industry that had been a stable force of the nation since the 1950s.  They are the ones, along with the signature of a weak kneed President Bush that reduced the standards for the mortgage industry and hammered Fannie and Freddie into backing loans that should never have been made to people who could obviously not repay them.

Because it was an opportunity for every mortgage broker and lender to make a double handful of bucks producing those loans, there was little objection from them.   They would bundle the questionable loans with some viable loans and sell them to investors on Wall Street.  The packages contained “the good, the bad and the ugly”.  They were treated not unlike mutual funds.  Many of the loans were known, or at least expected to perform well, some were a bit less assuring (carrying greater interest rates and also had greater potential profit) and some were down right recognized to become foreclosures (but these also had the highest interest rates to offset the increased liability).

This, too, was championed and loudly advocated by none other than Barney Frank.  This time it was also weightily backed by his good buddy, Chris Dodd.

The housing market boomed, and due to the newest cache of borrowers, the law of supply and demand brought fantasy values to both new and existing housing prices.

A job lost here, a divorce there, too much credit card and unsecured debt and the next thing we knew people could no longer afford to make all their payments.  The easiest thing to do was to pack the family pickup or SUV and move away from the house that was now worth less than the existing loan(s).

And then, when it all crumbled, it was Bush’s fault!

Now we have our favorite finger pointer, Congressman and Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Barney Frank, asking Freddie and Fannie to roll back those nasty lending guidelines on condos because the rules, quote, “may be too onerous.”

If this passes, we will have round three of the Barney Frank Financial Disaster Comedy Tour.  The only problems are:

(a)    it’s not funny

And

(b)   Bush will somehow be blamed again because Obama is above it all.

And this happened while the dolts of America spent endless hours glued to the idiot box watching ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC and CNN honor a man who in many minds was little more than a child molesting pervert (though he was never convicted in a court of law).

Pay attention and vote wisely!