Friday, December 18, 2009

Congressional Candidate Lieutenant Colonel Allen West

Wow. Near tears. (okay, actual tears.)

Key phrase ... PROMOTE, not provide.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Soros Wants IMF To Subsidize His Green Investments

Soros Wants IMF To Subsidize His Green Investments: "

Leftist troublemaker George Soros has already made it explicitly clear he wishes to destroy capitalism.

Maybe the Third World will help the hedge fund manager and currency manipulator do it.

The preeminent funder of the left in America wants the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to become a kind of globetrotting Bernard Madoff, offering low-interest loans to poor countries so they can invest in the doomed global warming industry.


George Soros, owner, Democratic Party

George Soros, owner, Democratic Party

According to Soros, the loans would allow developing countries to “jump-start forestry, land use, and agricultural projects – areas that offer the greatest scope for reducing or mitigating carbon emissions, and that could produce substantial returns from carbon markets.”

Soros, who personally wants to invest $1 billion in “clean” technology, wants the IMF to help stimulate demand for the technology he plans to underwrite.

Specifically, Soros proposes using the IMF’s special drawing rights (SDRs) to make loans to developing countries. The SDRs, which he describes as “arcane financial instruments that essentially constitute additional foreign exchange” can be converted into one of four currencies and lent out at a low interest rate. The loans would be backed by the IMF’s gold reserves.

Of course carbon markets exist only because governments say they do. Governments artificially create demand for carbon indulgences. When the demand for carbon offsets dies off as market participants finally realize anthropogenic global warming is a fraud, it’s going to get ugly.

As the Ponzi scheme finally unwinds, the governments of the developing world will be left holding the bag. When the bubble bursts, they’re going to get angry, maybe as angry as Albanians got when they were duped in pyramid schemes after the Iron Curtain collapsed.

The victims aren’t likely to be enthusiastic about markets either"

Obama’s War on America

Obama’s War on America: "Guest Commentary by Edward Cline:

Search through any of President Barack Obama‘s speeches, and buried under the glittering, worthless excelsior of opaque platitudes, silicic bromides and anemic banalities, one will find a pair or more of statements that mean something. They will mean something if one parses the statements armed with a knowledge of the man and of the power of words.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Obama’s Cloward-Piven Strategy to Destroy American Economy Is Working Out Nicely

Gateway Pundit



It should be clear to anyone with a mind and two eyes that this president and this Congress do not have our interests at heart. They are implementing this strategy on an unprecedented scale by flooding America with a tidal wave of poisonous initiatives, orders, regulations and laws. As Rahm Emmanuel said, “A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.”

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Obama, an SEIU front group? Workers of the World, Unite!

OBAMA: Before debating health care, I talked to Andy Stern and SEIU members.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

He doesn't address your concerns or my concerns. No, he consults with Andy Stern at least 22 times.

Stern represents 2.2 million people. There are 3 million who watch this show. Could you imagine if the president of the United States said the person he talks to most on the issues of the economy and national defense is "Glenn Beck of Fox News" and I was the most frequent visitor of the White House? No one would stand for it.

The president shouldn't be talking to anyone who leads a group who leads 1 million, 2 million or 10 million. He's here to lead the entire group. You know, justice for all.

The reason continue to push for this when you are saying no is because you aren't the ones they are listening to. Unless you are wearing a purple shirt.

I said this well over a year ago, maybe two, that the unions desperately need government health care because they are in trouble. They've promised too much: Huge benefit packages and massive retirement pensions have unions scrambling to unload the burden. And guess who is the lucky recipient of that burden under Obama's plan?

You.

How could he do that? It doesn't make sense. But remember, his "life work" is not about you:

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

OBAMA: I've spent my entire adult life working with SEIU. I'm not a newcomer to this.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

All his life he's been doing the SEIU's work. Work for those 2.2 million people. So we know the president has a lot in common with Andy Stern. Let's see if you do: What are his goals?

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ANDY STERN, PRESIDENT OF SEIU: Workers of the world unite, it's not just a slogan anymore it's a way we're going to have to do our work.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

Workers of the world unite. Hmm, where have I heard that before? Oh yes: That's the communist slogan. Good thing there hasn't been a recent rash of communist radicals running around in the White House. Because then I'd really be concerned. Let's for a moment give old Andy the benefit of the doubt, that he just went to the Anita Dunn school of comedy, what else does he believe?

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

STERN: The question is how is everyone going to share in the wealth? And I think that after we get through this health care situation and finally solve this problem of 223 years, you know, we are going to see a change in our labor laws.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

A 223 year mistake? First of all, it's 233 years. Which would be... America? Twenty-two visits. My work is their work. Let's paint the country purple. Purple? Why not red, white and blue? I'll show you why: SEIU just made a movie. The topic? How the SEIU got Obama elected. Here's the trailer:

(BEGIN 'LABOR DAY' VIDEO CLIP)

OBAMA: Ordinary people can do extraordinary things so long as they are organized, so long as the are mobilized, so long as they are unionized.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I would like to introduce to you the next president of the United States, Barack Obama.

OBAMA: Thank you, Cleveland.

(APPLAUSE)

Give it up for SEIU.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Oh, I thought it was GWB

Edward Pinto: Acorn and the Housing Bubble - WSJ.com: "All agree that the bursting of the housing bubble caused the financial collapse of 2008. Most agree that the housing bubble started in 1997. Less well understood is that this bubble was the result of government policies that lowered mortgage-lending standards to increase home ownership. One of the key players was the controversial liberal advocacy group, Acorn (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now)."

ObamaCare Violates the Hippocratic Oath -- Dr. David Jinda

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Just another right-wing "conspiracy" theory ...

10 Percent of U.S. Mosques Preach Jihad, FBI Estimates
Imams preach jihad and extremism in 10 percent of the 2,000 mosques in the United States, the FBI estimates.


Friday, November 06, 2009

Mmm, mmm, mmm ... This is starting to get scary

Big Hollywood » Blog Archive » ELEMENTARY EPIDEMIC: 11 Uncovered Videos Show School Children Performing Praises to Obama: "Big Hollywood has already posted a couple disturbing videos of young school children singing/speaking praises to President Obama, but when eleven more dropped in our email box it came as quite a shock. What seemed like an aberration now appears to be a troubling pattern.

Maybe “epidemic” is a better word.

Each one of the videos below is creepier than the last because the further down you go, the younger the children — brace yourself for kindergartners – except for the last and most disturbing video, which you have to see to believe."

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Glenn Beck on Obama = SOROS +SEIU + ACORN + WFP +CAP + ETC

The money and the armies' tentacles run deep and at all levels. Too big for Truth to confront, I suppose.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Global Warming Scam

Lord Christopher Monckton Speaking in St. Paul.

To skeptic skeptics, bite me.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

It's all starting to make sense .... Beck's on Fire!

If we all start drinking heavily so all this insanity begins to make sense, will we still be eligible for ObamaCare?

Monday, October 12, 2009

Timeline shows Bush, McCain warning Dems of financial and housing crisis; meltdown

I think I posted this already, but it bears repeating. Shorter, but just as effective as that viral video, "Burning Down the House; What Really Caused the Economic Crisis."

These aren't the changes you're looking for ...

This aren't the changes you're looking for ...

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=112630

WND Exclusive
CZAR WARS
Sunstein: Economic crises could usher in socialism
'With a little nudge our culture could go in many directions'

Posted: October 11, 2009
6:43 pm Eastern

By Aaron Klein
© 2009 WorldNetDaily


Cass Sunstein

TEL AVIV – Economic crises can be used to usher socialism into the U.S., argued President Obama's newly confirmed regulatory czar, Cass Sunstein.

In his 2004 book "The Second Bill of Rights," Sunstein used the precedent of the Great Depression to point out that historic economic crises "provided the most promising conditions for the emergence of socialism in the U.S."

"With a little nudge or a slight change in emphasis, our culture could have gone, and could still go, in many different directions," wrote Sunstein in his book, which was reviewed by WND.

Last week, WND reported Sunstein wrote in the same book the U.S. should move in the direction of socialism but the country's "white majority" opposes welfare, since such programs largely would benefit minorities, especially blacks and Hispanics.

"The absence of a European-style social welfare state is certainly connected with the widespread perception among the white majority that the relevant programs would disproportionately benefit African Americans (and more recently Hispanics)," wrote Sunstein.

In Sunstein's book, the Obama appointee openly argues for bringing socialism to the U.S. and even lends support to communism.

"During the Cold War, the debate about [social welfare] guarantees took the form of pervasive disagreement between the United States and its communist adversaries. Americans emphasized the importance of civil and political liberties, above all free speech and freedom of religion, while communist nations stressed the right to a job, health care and a social minimum."

Continued Sunstein: "I think this debate was unhelpful; it is most plausible to see the two sets of rights as mutually reinforcing, not antagonistic."

Sunstein claims the "socialist movement" did not take hold in the U.S. in part because of a "smaller and weaker political left or lack of enthusiasm for redistributive programs."

He laments, "In a variety of ways, subtle and less subtle, public and private actions have made it most difficult for socialism to have any traction in the United States."

Sunstein wants to spread America's wealth


WND first reported Sunstein penned a 2007 University of Chicago Law School paper in which he debated whether America should pay "justice" to the world by entering into a compensation agreement that would be a net financial loss for the U.S. He argues it is "desirable" to redistribute America's wealth to poorer nations.

A prominent theme throughout Sunstein's 39-page paper, entitled "Climate Change Justice" and reviewed by WND, maintains U.S. wealth should be redistributed to poorer nations. He uses terms such as "distributive justice" several times. The paper was written with fellow attorney Eric A. Posner.

"It is even possible that desirable redistribution is more likely to occur through climate change policy than otherwise, or to be accomplished more effectively through climate policy than through direct foreign aid," wrote Sunstein.

He posited: "We agree that if the United States does spend a great deal on emissions reductions as part of an international agreement, and if the agreement does give particular help to disadvantaged people, considerations of distributive justice support its action, even if better redistributive mechanisms are imaginable.

"If the United States agrees to participate in a climate change agreement on terms that are not in the nation's interest, but that help the world as a whole, there would be no reason for complaint, certainly if such participation is more helpful to poor nations than conventional foreign-aid alternatives," he wrote.

Sunstein maintains: "If we care about social welfare, we should approve of a situation in which a wealthy nation is willing to engage in a degree of self-sacrifice when the world benefits more than that nation loses."

Proposed 'socialist' bill of rights


In "The Second Bill of Rights," WND also reported, Sunstein proposed a new "bill of rights" in which he advanced the radical notion that welfare rights, including some controversial inceptions, be granted by the state. Among his mandates:
  • The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;
  • The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;
  • The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;
  • The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;
  • The right of every family to a decent home;
  • The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;
  • The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;
  • The right to a good education.

On one page in his book, Sunstein claims he is "not seriously arguing" his bill of rights be "encompassed by anything in the Constitution," but on the next page he states that "if the nation becomes committed to certain rights, they may migrate into the Constitution itself."

Later in the book, Sunstein argues that "at a minimum, the second bill should be seen as part and parcel of America's constitutive commitments."

WND has learned that in April 2005, Sunstein opened up a conference at Yale Law School entitled "The Constitution in 2020," which sought to change the nature and interpretation of the Constitution by that year.

Sunstein has been a main participant in the movement, which openly seeks to create a "progressive" consensus as to what the U.S. Constitution should provide for by the year 2020. It also suggests strategy for how liberal lawyers and judges might bring such a constitutional regime into being.

Just before his appearance at the conference, Sunstein wrote a blog entry in which he explained he "will be urging that it is important to resist, on democratic grounds, the idea that the document should be interpreted to reflect the view of the extreme right-wing of the Republican Party."

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Is this the foretold National Security Force?

"We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tt2yGzHfy7s



Privatized police force taking over town?
Hired security guards descend upon city in phony patrol cars
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=111442

This looks almost like those Organizing for America Health Reform Now logos ...







Violent Tea Party Protests vs. Peaceful Pittsburgh G-20 Rallies

A tale of two protests.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The ghost fleet of the recession anchored just east of Singapore | Mail Online

An indication of how bad it really is ...

Revealed: The ghost fleet of the recession anchored just east of Singapore | Mail Online: "The biggest and most secretive gathering of ships in maritime history lies at anchor east of Singapore. Never before photographed, it is bigger than the U.S. and British navies combined but has no crew, no cargo and no destination - and is why your Christmas stocking may be on the light side this year"

Obama's Smile

Barack Obama's amazingly consistent smile from Eric Spiegelman on Vimeo.

Friday, September 25, 2009

MNBC says size of 9/12 crowd in hundreds of thousands

I guess NBC didn't get the talking points memo that they should ignore and downplay the magnitude of this event ...

SHOCK UNCOVERED: Obama IN HIS OWN WORDS saying His Health Care Plan will ELIMINATE private insurance

Reposting ... (The goal is deception .... in their own words, the "Public Option" is the path the "Single Payer," effectively destroying the entire private health insurance industry. Effectively, a government takeover of health care.)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

ACORN

Non-partisan "community" organization -- ha.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

How to distribute $1 trillion of your tax dollars

American Thinker Blog: Stimulating Leftist Causes, Not the Economy: "the Apollo Alliance is tasked with the purpose of bringing a host of radical leftist causes into concert with one another. Joining labor organizations with community organizations with environmental organizations, all scratching one another's backs seems to be the goal for Apollo."

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

ACORN San Bernadino Child Prostitution Investigation Part I

This is shocking that this criminal enterprise receives "non-partisan" tax-payer federal funds. It is not a few bad apples (or "acorns") -- it is the institutional modus operandi of the thug army of leftist operatives working for political structural revolution in this country. Sadly, its one of legions of clandestine or "front" organizations. See:

discoverthenetworks.org

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Poll: Americans Oppose Obamacare

Poll: Americans Overwhelmingly Oppose Obamacare on Key Points: "The Zogby International/O'Leary Report survey of more than 4,200 likely voters found that a large majority oppose key provisions of Obama and the Democrats' healthcare reform proposals, including plans to extend health insurance to as many as 50 million uninsured Americans and to incorporate a form of healthcare rationing in the reforms."

Monday, September 14, 2009

9/12 Protest Washington DC Time Lapse Footage 0800 - 1130

I just checked the Monday AM CNN website, and there were a number of headlines on the Joe Wilson "You Lie!" outburst, but nary a mention of this HUGE protest against the latest Leftist power-grab to pave the way to a single-payer socialized health care system, as well as spend our way to oblivion. When the left gets a few 100 rent-a-mob protesters to sit-in with Cindy Sheehan, the "state-run" liberal media run banner headlines for days.

Friday, September 11, 2009

The enemy of my friend is my friend says Obama on Honduras

Just testing my posting capabilities from Google Reader. (Also, disturbing article.)

 
 

Sent to you by EJ via Google Reader:

 
 

via American Thinker on 9/10/09

Venezuela's Hugo Chavez is up to no good in Honduras, and Obama is smoothing his way.

 
 

Things you can do from here:

 
 

Thursday, September 10, 2009

AN UNRESPONSIVE SPEECH

AN UNRESPONSIVE SPEECH

by Sarah Palin
Thursday, 10 September 2009

After all the rhetoric is put aside, one principle ran through President Obama's speech to Congress (9/09): that increased government involvement in health care can solve its problems.

Many Americans fundamentally disagree with this idea. We know from long experience that the creation of a massive new bureaucracy will not provide us with "more stability and security," but just the opposite.

It's hard to believe the President when he says that this time he and his team of bureaucrats have finally figured out how to do things right if only we'll take them at their word.

Our objections to the Democrats' health care proposals are not mere "bickering" or "games." They are not an attempt to "score short term political points." And it's hard to listen to the President lecture us not to use "scare tactics" when in the next breath he says that "more will die" if his proposals do not pass.

In his speech the President directly responded to concerns I've raised about unelected bureaucrats being given power to make decisions affecting life or death health care matters.

He called these concerns "bogus," "irresponsible," and "a lie" -- so much for civility.

After all the name-calling, though, what he did not do is respond to the arguments we've made, arguments even some of his own supporters have agreed have merit.

In fact, after promising to "make sure that no government bureaucrat .... gets between you and the health care you need," the President repeated his call for an Independent Medicare Advisory Council -- an unelected, largely unaccountable group of bureaucrats charged with containing Medicare costs.

He did not disavow his own statement that such a group, working outside of "normal political channels," should guide decisions regarding that "huge driver of cost ... the chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives...."

He did not disavow the statements of his health care advisor, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, and continuing to pay his salary with taxpayer dollars proves a commitment to his beliefs.

The President can keep making unsupported assertions, but until he directly responds to the arguments I've made, I'm going to call him out too.

It was heartening to hear the President finally recognize that tort reform is an important part of any solution. But this concession shouldn't lead us to take our eye off the ball: the Democrats' proposals will not reduce costs, and they will not deliver better health care.

It's this kind of "healthy skepticism of government" that truly reflects a "concern and regard for the plight of others." We can't wait to hear the details on that; we look forward to working with you on tort reform.

Finally, President Obama delivered an offhand applause line tonight about the cost of the War on Terror. As we approach the anniversary of the September 11th attacks and honor those who died that day and those who have died since in the War on Terror, in order to secure our freedoms, we need to remember their sacrifices and not demonize them as having had too high a price tag.

Remember, Mr. President, elected officials work for the people. Forcing a conclusion in order to claim a "victory" is not healthy for our country. We hear you say government isn't always the answer; now hear us -- that's what we've been saying all along.


Sarah Palin is the former Governor of Alaska

Timeline shows Bush, McCain warning Dems of financial and housing crisis; meltdown

Yeah. Let's break with the policies of the "last eight years." That is, the policies of Democratic Leftist Party stonewalling, cover-up and undermining of the American economy and the the institutions that gird and protect our freedoms and the civil society.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Proof Positive the Public Option Will Lead to Single Payer

"They" don't care if the American people want it (Socialized Health Care) or not. "They" know better. "They" know what's good for you. "They" will convince you of the errors of your ways. "They" care more. "They" have the very best of intentions. "They" have a vision of a Utopia. "They" will guide us to a Heaven on Earth. "They" don't care how they get there. "They" will be forgiven for the deceptions and lies, because the end result will have justified the means, no matter how unprincipled.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Glenn Beck Clips 08-31-09 Segment 1

‘Why does the president have so many Marxists, socialists, radicals and self-proclaimed communists advising him?’

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Spin and Sabotage

Wow. I hate to keep complaining of MSM leftist bias, but jeez!!! It's so prevalent its sickening, and they are pulling out all the stops to portray the health care townhall protesters as "hate" groups. Yeah. Granny is a card-carrying neo-Nazi. Please. Limbaugh is right -- the MSM is the state-run media.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Stimulating Stimulations

Stimulus in a nutshell - Mark Steyn - The Corner on National Review Online: "The 'stimulus' is advancing an already bloated statism at the expense of the real economy. That's why it's a flop. As for who this Mr Fitch is, he's the 'Acting State Stimulus Office Director'. The 'stimulus' is great if you're thinking of a career in Stimulus Office Management, Stimulus Office Management Consulting, Stimulus Office Human Services, Stimulus Office Promotion, or perhaps becoming a professor in Stimulus Office Studies."

--blogging at NRO, Mark Steyn cites a report on how "stimulus" money saved 700 New Hampshire "state" jobs -- in effect, propping up an already bloated public sector.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Playing Doctor for ObamaCare

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Thursday, August 13, 2009
Playing Doctor for ObamaCare
Posted by: Meredith Jessup at 2:24 PM
During Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee's town hall meeting... you know, the one where this happened... a doctor stood to voice her support for the proposed health care plan.



When prompted, Dr. Roxana Mayer told the congresswoman she had been practicing medicine for four year and told the Houston Chronicle that she was a "pediatric primary care physician." In their story recapping the meeting, the Chronicle noted:

Some attendees at the meeting spoke in favor of the plan, go so far as to want a system where the government had complete control.

One supporter, Dr. Roxana Mayer, a physician who does not live in Jackson Lee's district, praised the reform plan for overhauling a broken system.

"I don't know what there is in the bill that creates such panic," she said.

A photo of Dr. Mayer hugging the congresswoman also ran with the story:
Turns out, the name "Dr. Roxana Mayer" doesn't appear in the database maintained by the Texas Medical Board, a registry of all licensed doctors in the state. But the name "Roxana Mayer" does show up on Barack Obama's website as a Texas Delegate for Obama--a small bit of information the Chronicle was aware of, but didn't report in its story. Though the Chronicle didn't bother to check into Ms. Mayer's background, some average citizens did. Unable to find evidence of her medical practice, Patrick Frey of Patterico.com emailed Mayer to get more information on her background. Mayer responded to Frey's email correspondence, saying:
...For what it's worth, I went to get a question answered for myself and two other people close to me who are doctors. Too bad she didn't answer it. I also went to lend support to the reform effort. It's easier to be against something especially since anger is such a great motivator... I do think this is all very funny because I just assume that if my going had been part of a conspiracy, it would have been more seemlessly executed.

But when pressed further by Frey as to whether or not she was actually a doctor, Mayer said she was not and joked:

But who knows, that was only my first town hall meeting–even though I was a delegate. If I go to another one, which I seriously doubt because my husband is already extremely annoyed, then maybe I'll play a plumber.

The Lone Star Times later picked up the story:

Our own David Jennings secured a phone interview, in which Mayer admitted to impersonating a physician, saying — get this — she thought it would help her credibility. (It didn't.)

The Times also ran a photo, which shed a new, crazier light on the whole situation:

Some people might recognize the face of the woman who sat in the background while Mayer stood to praise ObamaCare. That woman, who accompanied Mayer to the town hall meeting, was Maria Isabel--the Obama devotee who ran a campaign office which proudly displayed the Che Guevara flag.

What a circus. Let this meeting be a "teachable moment" for everyone attending town halls: question what you hear and keep your eyes open for loons.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Glenn Beck Clips 08-10-09 Seg1- Craig List Advertisements Recruiting MOBS for Cash for Hire

"Community Organizing" is only okay for radical revolutionaries

Let the Left show us how to astroturf like pros

The Real AstroTurf: "Indeed, it is the opposition to this opposition that is aggressively and meticulously organized. White House deputy chief of staff Jim Messina last week gave the order to 'push back twice as hard.'

And the national field director of the union-backed Health Care for America Now (HCAN) on Aug. 4 apparently sent out a four-page, single-spaced, 2,500-word-plus 'how to bully' memo.

The document, featured on the Talking Points Memo Web site, says 'it's important that you take away right-wingers' opportunities to talk with reporters.' It tells operatives to 'confiscate signs or leaflets' of those opposing ObamaCare. It adds: 'Make sure that you assign marshals to take care of moving the crowd.'"

Monday, August 10, 2009

OMG, The "Angry Mob" funded by Insurance Industry hacks!!!

Look out, congress people! These demonstrators might come at you with some pocket protectors or pencils or something!

Of course, the only way to squelch this un-American dissent is to counteract these "subversive" demonstrations with paid public government union thugs, and the government-funded, "non-partisan" ACORN to intimitate and "punch back twice as hard." Truly, a perfect example of and the spirit of our "unifying," transcendent President and Messiah. The late Saul Alinsky would be proud.


AP to distribute Soros-funded 'journalism'

AP to distribute Soros-funded 'journalism'

Is there really any lingering doubt that today's dominant mainstream media news is no longer reporting, but rather a propaganda offensive largely controlled and funded by ultra-leftist, ultra-rich statists, who coincidentally happen to be Democrats, or control and finance much of the Democratic Party? There is nothing comparable to this on the political right.

"The Associated Press is delivering to its subscribing 1,500 American newspapers content, it has emerged, penned by groups with financing from philanthropist George Soros and another far-leftist billionaire who not only campaigned for President Obama but also topped donor lists to groups like ACORN and MoveOn.org.

The AP announced last month it will allow its subscribers to publish free of charge work by four nonprofit groups, the Center for Public Integrity, the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University, the Center for Investigative Reporting and ProPublica.

Controversial Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., a friend of President Obama who was embroiled in a recent national race scandal, sits on the board of ProPublica. The group defines itself as "an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest."

ProPublica was founded with a $10 million yearly grant from Herbert and Marion Sandler, the former chief executives of the Golden West Financial Corporation, which was one of the nation's largest mortgage lenders and savings and loans. The Sandlers last year sold their business to the Wachovia Corporation for about $26 billion, a deal which valued their personal shares at about $2.4 billion.

The Sandlers are major donors to the Democratic Party and are top funders of ACORN, MoveOne.org, the American Civil Liberties Union and other far-leftist groups like Human Rights Watch.

In 2008, the Sandlers were behind two controversial California Political Action Committees, Vote Hope and PowerPac.org, which spent about $5 million in pro-Obama ads in that state. The two groups were run by the Sandler's son-in-law, Steve Phillips, the former president of the San Francisco School Board.

The journalistic integrity of the Sandler-backed ProPublica, however, has been repeatedly called into question.

A report by the Capital Research Center concluded ProPublica "churns out little more than left-wing hit pieces about Sarah Palin and blames the U.S. government for giving out too little foreign aid." "

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Utopia Versus Freedom (TOWNHALL.COM)

Utopia Versus Freedom
Thomas Sowell
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
http://townhall.com/columnists/ThomasSowell/2009/08/04/utopia_versus_freedom

Thomas Sowell :: Townhall.com Columnist

"Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom." We have heard that many times. What is also the price of freedom is the toleration of imperfections. If everything that is wrong with the world becomes a reason to turn more power over to some political savior, then freedom is going to erode away, while we are mindlessly repeating the catchwords of the hour, whether "change," "universal health care" or "social justice."

If we can be so easily stampeded by rhetoric that neither the public nor the Congress can be bothered to read, much less analyze, bills making massive changes in medical care, then do not be surprised when life and death decisions about you or your family are taken out of your hands-- and out of the hands of your doctor-- and transferred to bureaucrats in Washington.

Let's go back to square one. The universe was not made to our specifications. Nor were human beings. So there is nothing surprising in the fact that we are dissatisfied with many things at many times. The big question is whether we are prepared to follow any politician who claims to be able to "solve" our "problem."

If we are, then there will be a never ending series of "solutions," each causing new problems calling for still more "solutions." That way lies a never-ending quest, costing ever increasing amounts of the taxpayers' money and-- more important-- ever greater losses of your freedom to live your own life as you see fit, rather than as presumptuous elites dictate.

Ultimately, our choice is to give up Utopian quests or give up our freedom. This has been recognized for centuries by some, but many others have not yet faced that reality, even today. If you think government should "do something" about anything that ticks you off, or anything you want and don't have, then you have made your choice between Utopia and freedom.

Back in the 18th century, Edmund Burke said, "It is no inconsiderable part of wisdom, to know much of an evil ought to be tolerated" and "I must bear with infirmities until they fester into crimes."

But today's crusading zealots are not about to tolerate evils or infirmities. If insurance companies are not behaving the way some people think they should, then their answer is to set up a government bureaucracy to either control insurance companies or replace them.

If doctors, hospitals or pharmaceutical companies charge more than some people feel like paying, then the answer is price control. The actual track record of politicians, government bureaucracies, or price control is of no interest to those who think this way.

Politicians are already one of the main reasons why medical insurance is so expensive. Insurance is designed to cover risks but politicians are in the business of distributing largesse. Nothing is easier for politicians than to mandate things that insurance companies must cover, without the slightest regard for how such additional coverage will raise the cost of insurance.

If insurance covered only those things that most people are most concerned about-- the high cost of a major medical expense-- the price would be much lower than it is today, with politicians piling on mandate after mandate.

Since insurance covers risks, there is no reason for it to cover annual checkups, because it is known in advance that annual checkups occur once a year. Automobile insurance does not cover oil changes, much less the purchase of gasoline, since these are regular recurrences, not risks.

But politicians in the business of distributing largesse-- especially with somebody else's money-- cannot resist the temptation to pass laws adding things to insurance coverage. Many of those who are pushing for more government involvement in medical care are already talking about extending insurance coverage to "mental health"-- which is to say, giving shrinks and hypochondriacs a blank check drawn on the federal treasury.

There are still some voices of sanity today, echoing what Edmund Burke said long ago. "The study of human institutions is always a search for the most tolerable imperfections," according to Prof. Richard Epstein of the University of Chicago. If you cannot tolerate imperfections, be prepared to kiss your freedom goodbye.



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Monday, August 03, 2009

Saturday, August 01, 2009

In New York, It’s the Summer That Isn’t - NYTimes.com

In New York, It’s the Summer That Isn’t - NYTimes.com: "... this summer has been conspicuously different in New York City. Not one 99-degree day in Central Park. Not a single day that the temperature even approached 90. For just the second time in 140 years of record keeping, the temperature failed to reach 90 in either June or July."

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Government monopsony distorts climate science, says SPPI

80 BILLION DOLLARS ON A SELF-SERVING GOVERNMENT RACKET TO JUSTIFY THE LARGEST EXPANSION OF GOVERNMENT CONTROL AND TAXATION IN WORLD HISTORY. How much longer are we, as a nation, going to continue to play into this con game?

Government monopsony distorts climate science, says SPPI: "The US Government has spent more than $79 billion of taxpayers’ money since 1989 on policies related to climate change, including science and technology research, administration, propaganda campaigns, foreign aid, and tax breaks. Most of this spending was unnecessary."

One more noteworthy point ...
"Exxon-Mobil Corp is repeatedly attacked for paying just $23 million to skeptics—less than a thousandth of what the US government spends on alarmists, and less than one five-thousandth of the value of carbon trading in 2008 alone."

Definitions of monopsony on the Web:
* (economics) a market in which goods or services are offered by several sellers but there is only one buyer
wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn

* In economics, a monopsony (from Ancient Greek μόνος (monos) "single" + ὀψωνία (opsōnia) "purchase") is a market form in which only one buyer faces many sellers. It is an example of imperfect competition, similar to a monopoly, in which only one seller faces many buyers. ...
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monopsony

* A market situation in which there is only one buyer for a product
en.wiktionary.org/wiki/monopsony

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Wonderful Shari'a Law, Iranian Style

This fact alone is enough prima facie evidence and legal case for destroying this evil regime ... And the current U.S. administration wants to negotiate and reason with these nuke-seeking mobster thugs????? I apologize to any mobsters that may have been offended by any comparison to the barbarians in occupied Persia.

I married Iranian girls before their execution | Iran news | Jerusalem Post: "In the Islamic Republic it is illegal to execute a young woman, regardless of her crime, if she is a virgin, he explained. Therefore a 'wedding' ceremony is conducted the night before the execution: The young girl is forced to have sexual intercourse with a prison guard - essentially raped by her 'husband.'"

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The CIA thought about taking out top al Qaeda villians ....So?

Another Phony Scandal by Andrew C. McCarthy on National Review Online: "Of course the CIA has been trying to figure out how to take out top al-Qaeda leaders. One assumes — one hopes — they are also brainstorming about wiping out the Taliban, overthrowing the Iranian regime, undermining Kim Jong Il’s nuclear program, disrupting Syrian support of Hezbollah, and tackling all manner of threats to the United States. But there is no law that requires, or could practically require, the CIA to brief Congress every time some agency component considers the feasibility of some security initiative."

Go Sarah!

Sarah Palin - A 'Cap and Tax' Road to Economic Disaster: "We have an important choice to make. Do we want to control our energy supply and its environmental impact? Or, do we want to outsource it to China, Russia and Saudi Arabia? Make no mistake: President Obama's plan will result in the latter.

For so many reasons, we can't afford to kill responsible domestic energy production or clobber every American consumer with higher prices.

Can America produce more of its own energy through strategic investments that protect the environment, revive our economy and secure our nation?

Yes, we can. Just not with Barack Obama's energy cap-and-tax plan."

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

CRC vs. ACORN on Fox News

ACORN 'led the fight" for responsible lending? ...

Cap & Tax: another great way to bring down a nation

A Garden of Piggish Delights by Stephen Spruiell & Kevin Williamson on National Review Online: "Two main things to understand about Waxman-Markey: First, it will not reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, at least not at any point in the near future ... it will manage to drive up the prices consumers pay for every product that requires energy for its manufacture — which is to say, for everything. Second, it represents a worse abuse of the public trust and purse than the stimulus and the bailouts put together."

More on how revolutionaries benefit from a manufactured crisis, a la "global-warming."

American Thinker: Revolution

This opinion article is somewhat dated, but makes some great observations ...

American Thinker: Revolution: "now we can see clearly what's been happening in the United States during the last three decades. While conservatives have been working to improve our democracy and our free-market economy, liberals have been working to replace our democracy with a dictatorship, and our free-market economy with a command economy controlled by the government. The liberals couldn't say this aloud, because if they did the American people would have tossed them out of office on their ears. So the liberals worked covertly, feigning support for democracy and for the free market while working diligently to undermine both."

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

The Great Global Warming Swindle

Reposting, because I think older post is not valid any longer.
Still a classic, and relevant, after the House passed the Cap & Tax fraud.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Cap and Trade: It's an Energy Tax

This promise, portraying himself as some sort of fiscally conservative centrist for "the little guy", probably got him about 10 percent of the 53% of the vote he garnered.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

America's first Muslim president?

GAFFNEY: America's first Muslim president? - Washington Times: "With Mr. Obama's unbelievably ballyhooed address in Cairo Thursday to what he calls 'the Muslim world' (hereafter known as 'the Speech'), there is mounting evidence that the president not only identifies with Muslims, but actually may still be one himself. Consider the following indicators:"

• Mr. Obama referred four times in his speech to "the Holy Koran." Non-Muslims -- even pandering ones -- generally don't use that Islamic formulation.

• Mr. Obama established his firsthand knowledge of Islam (albeit without mentioning his reported upbringing in the faith) with the statement, "I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed." Again, "revealed" is a depiction Muslims use to reflect their conviction that the Koran is the word of God, as dictated to Muhammad.

• Then the president made a statement no believing Christian -- certainly not one versed, as he professes to be, in the ways of Islam -- would ever make. In the context of what he euphemistically called the "situation between Israelis, Palestinians and Arabs," Mr. Obama said he looked forward to the day ". . . when Jerusalem is a secure and lasting home for Jews and Christians and Muslims, and a place for all of the children of Abraham to mingle peacefully together as in the story of Isra, when Moses, Jesus and Muhammad (peace be upon them) joined in prayer."

Now, the term "peace be upon them" is invoked by Muslims as a way of blessing deceased holy men. According to Islam, that is what all three were - dead prophets. Of course, for Christians, Jesus is the living and immortal Son of God.

Some Israelis Insulted By Obama Picture | World Watch - CBS News

Some Israelis Insulted By Obama Picture | World Watch - CBS News: "Israel's Channel One TV reported that Netanyahu was told Tuesday by an 'American official' in Jerusalem that, 'We are going to change the world. Please, don't interfere.' The report said Netanyahu's aides interpreted this as a 'threat.'"

Frightening arrogance ...

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Venezuela Chavez says Comrade Obama more left-wing | Reuters

Reuters: "'Hey, Obama has just nationalized nothing more and nothing less than General Motors. Comrade Obama! Fidel, careful or we are going to end up to his right,' Chavez joked on a live television broadcast."

Let's see. We can't call The Anointed One a Leftist/Marxist/Socialist, but you can add Venezuela to the growing lists of nations that clearly see the path this once great beacon of freedom is heading ... (i.e., China, Russia, etc. ...)

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

ACORN's Roots ...

1. Recall, as Sarah Palin reminded us in 2008, that we have a "Community Organizer"-in-Chief. (Obama is basically a product of ACORN, and it makes the bulk of his resume.)

2. Then bear in mind, as this Glenn Beck clip points out, that the radical leftist "welfare-rights" groups of the 1960s subversive goal was not to help the needy but to destabilize the United States "to manufacture a crisis of the capitalis[t] system."

3. And finally, just observe the build up of events in recent years, culiminating in the dizzying pace of Hope & Change in the last five months ...

You have to admit, you are starting to think about reading up on those survivalist websites ...


Monday, June 01, 2009

It's all over for the GOP ... Or, is it???

FrontPage Magazine - Lonegan’s Charge: "It doesn’t help that the Garden State has been hostile territory for Republicans in recent years. The last time a Republican candidate won a statewide office in New Jersey was 1997, when Governor Christine Todd Whitman won reelection. Voter rolls offer little encouragement. While 60 percent of the state’s 4.8 million registered voters are independents, they tend to vote Democratic, and Democrats still outnumber Republicans by 1.72 million to 1.04 million.

Bleaker still are the prospects for self-styled conservatives. When the GOP fielded Jersey City mayor Bret Schundler, the tax- and toll-cutting foe of abortion and gun-control, in the 2001 race, Democrats won handily. So it’s not surprising that despite some favorable signs—polls show that more than half of New Jersey voters oppose Corzine’s reelection—Republicans still see this year’s race as an uphill struggle. “If we can win here we can win anywhere,” one veteran Republican strategist says."

Russians can see what's happening in America more clearly than Americans ...

American capitalism gone with a whimper - Pravda.Ru: "It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American decent into Marxism is happening with breath taking speed, against the back drop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people."

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

It doesn't look like we are going to crawl out of this mess ...

FT.com /Exploding debt threatens America: "Under President Barack Obama’s budget plan, the federal debt is exploding. To be precise, it is rising – and will continue to rise – much faster than gross domestic product, a measure of America’s ability to service it. The federal debt was equivalent to 41 per cent of GDP at the end of 2008; the Congressional Budget Office projects it will increase to 82 per cent of GDP in 10 years. With no change in policy, it could hit 100 per cent of GDP in just another five years."

Obama: Top Red's dream come true

Obama: Top Red's dream come true: "The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, or AFL-CIO, sponsored a poll showing union members supported Obama by a 68-30 margin and strongly influenced their family members.

According to the survey, Obama won among white men who are union members by 18 points. Union gun-owners backed Obama by 12 points, while union veterans voted for Obama by a 25-point margin. In the general population, Obama lost these groups by significant margins.

Reacting to Webb's speech, Communist researcher Trevour London of the New Zeal blog stated, 'Now we know every major item on the Communist Party's agenda. Socialized healthcare, increased union power, massive controls on the finance sector, ending the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, a heavily regulated 'green economy', a second 'stimulus' bill, weakening of the 'racist' prison system. ... Tick the items off as the Obama administration acts on each and every one of them.'"

Newsmax.com - Glenn Beck: Bush's Compassionate Conservatism Must 'Die Violent Death'

Newsmax.com - Glenn Beck: Bush's Compassionate Conservatism Must 'Die Violent Death': "President George W. Bush was the largest social spender in history, according to a recent report by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. In his first term Bush increased discretionary spending 19 percent. During Bush's second term federal spending increased 49 percent.

The Mercatus Center said Bush's spending made President Bill Clinton's administration look conservative.

The Center noted: 'Adjusted for inflation, in eight years, President Clinton increased the federal budget by 11 percent. In eight years, President Bush increased it by a whopping 104 percent.'"

New Jersey's Flat Tax Debate - WSJ.com

New Jersey's Flat Tax Debate - WSJ.com: "Both GOP candidates agree that the 103 tax increases, including income and sales tax rate hikes, under current Governor Jon Corzine and his predecessor, the disgraced Jim McGreevey, have done great harm to their state. From 2001 to 2008, New Jersey lost a net 25,000 private-sector jobs even as public employment grew by 65,000 workers. The state's finances are such a mess that in late 2007 Governor Corzine proposed the political 'Hail Mary' of mortgaging New Jersey's toll roads in return for a guaranteed revenue stream. He lost, thanks to opposition led by Mr. Lonegan."

The Obama M.O.: All Hope and Hype

Global View: Obama and the 'South Park' Gnomes - WSJ.com: "Sometimes it takes 'South Park' to explain life's deeper mysteries. Like the logic of the Obama administration's policy proposals."

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Liz Cheney Utterly Destroys Norah O'Donnell on "Torture"

Look out, Newt! I think I may have a new crush ... This woman is BRILLIANT. I am officially a Liz Cheney fan.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Environmentalist Economic Strangulation

FrontPage Magazine - Environmentalist Economic Strangulation: "This green agenda is more than absurd, it is sinister. The real goal of greens is not “clean energy” but less energy. Energy is essential to economic progress, and many greens want to halt and reverse economic progress. Some radical greens have praised Fidel Castro for de-developing Cuba. Al Gore wrote in his book Earth in the Balance that U.S. policy should aim for slower economic growth. President Obama’s chief science advisor John Holdren’s top two environmental goals are to shrink the human population and to slow economic growth."

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

More facts get in the way of the myth of Global Warming

The Strata-Sphere » A Global Warming Skeptic’s Factbook: "It is amazing how much information is now piling up to disprove the Chicken Little claims of the liberal scientific wannabes. The ice caps are not shrinking, the oceans are not warming, and the models still spew out endless errors. Now the only question is how long will it take reality to impinge on the public’s psyche."

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Overspend First, Raise Taxes Later ...

Had to just post the link, because the embedded video auto-plays no matter what the setting. (I find it annoying.)

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid14599856001?bctid=23000134001

Monday, May 11, 2009

Dems grandstand on EITs they approved

What Congress Knew - WSJ.com: "we were briefed, and we certainly understood what the CIA was doing,' adding that 'Not only was there no objection, there was actually concern about whether the agency was doing enough.'"

[Review & Outlook]
Pelosi's phoney objections to waterboarding

Friday, May 08, 2009

Monday, May 04, 2009

WH Reporters Stand For Obama, But Not For Bush?

Livni: On Iran, there's no opposition | International | Jerusalem Post

If only our "loyal opposition," during the Bush year's, had been as willing to "present a responsible and respectful alternative,'" instead of behaving as a fifth column in this country....

Livni: On Iran, there's no opposition | International | Jerusalem Post: "Livni warned Israel's adversaries against mistaking the democratic process in the country for weakness: 'I know that there will be those who see in differences of opinion an opportunity to weaken Israel - rather than evidence of the strength of our democracy. I will not allow my words to be exploited in this way. Even when we disagree, Kadima will always present a responsible and respectful alternative.'"

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

FAA Memo: Feds Knew NYC Flyover Would Cause Panic

FAA Memo: Feds Knew NYC Flyover Would Cause Panic - wcbstv.com: "A furious President Barack Obama ordered an internal review of Monday's low-flying photo op over the Statue of Liberty.

CBS 2 HD has discovered the feds will have plenty to question.

Federal officials knew that sending two fighter jets and Air Force One to buzz ground zero and Lady Liberty might set off nightmarish fears of a 9/11 replay, but they still ordered the photo-op kept secret from the public.

In a memo obtained by CBS 2 HD the Federal Aviation Administration's James Johnston said the agency was aware of 'the possibility of public concern regarding DOD (Department of Defense) aircraft flying at low altitudes' in an around New York City. But they demanded total secrecy from the NYPD, the Secret Service, the FBI and even the mayor's office and threatened federal sanctions if the secret got out."

I think CNN gets most of its viewership in airport terminals ...

Tuesday, Apr 28 from mediabistro.com, via Drudge Report

April Ratings: FNC Beats CNN and MSNBC Combined

How's this for cable news domination - Fox News beat CNN and MSNBC combined in every hour from 6amET to MidnightET in both Total Viewers and the A25-54 demo for April 2009.

FNC had the top 11 cable news programs in Total Viewers and 12 of the top 15 in the demo. FNC is the #2 network in Total Viewers on all of cable.

From 9amET on, every program grew by more than 60% in the demo. The 5pmET hour, now occupied by Glenn Beck, is up 212% in the demo and up 128% in Total Viewers. Your World with Neil Cavuto is up 102% in the demo and up 60% in Total Viewers. On the Record with Greta Van Susteren is up 75% in demo and up 55% in Total Viewers. Also in demo: FOX Report is up 75%, Special Report 70%, The O'Reilly Factor 74% and Hannity 64%.

Fox & Friends has now been #1 for 90 consecutive months, Studio B with Shepard Smith for 80 consecutive months.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Geert Wilders, Producer of "Fitna"

Is what this man is saying so offensive, that he must fear for his life, be banned from England, and face lawsuits and imprisonment in his own country of the Netherlands?

Friday, April 03, 2009

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Leftist MSM Brainwashing Successful ...


Paulina
Explain to me again why we are not supposed to blame Bush for the current crisis?

Keira at 11:09pm March 25
um, um...because he 'kept us safe'?? ;) Of course he's to blame! Numb nut!

Paulina at 11:10pm March 25
no no no you are not allowed to blame him.

Paulina at 11:11pm March 25
I'm reading republican blogs - and all I can say is wow!

Keira at 11:11pm March 25
of course not, it's unpatriotic to do so, but it's ok to hope Obama fails...talk about double standards!

Keira at 11:12pm March 25
they're delusional!!! they have more pettiness in them than my 5 y/o nephew!!!

Paulina at 11:16pm March 25
It's so hard for me to reconcile what's going on - I don't understand how the very people who were at the helm can criticize the one trying to fix the mess. And with such hatred - you should read some of these blogs. Why are the so desperate for him to fail???? Why so harsh?

Keira at 11:46pm March 25
they're still bitter about the kick in the ass they got! They're champions at distorting things to their advantage, but I think the people see thru that BS! And no one gives a damn when they come crying to the media "obama doesn't listen to us". Blah!

Susan at 7:44am March 26
Maybe if you've been in a coma for the past 8 years you can get away with it.

Matt at 8:48am March 26
Keep on having fun slapping Bush around. As bad as he may have been, the fact is BHO's economic plans are going to make things much worse. He is planning to take our debt from 5% GDP to a hair under 30%, and in 2019 it will be 80% of GDP!!! Think about that! On what planet is this smart? Where in history has this worked before? Can anyone name ... an economically prosperous nation with such incredible levels of government debt? What country has ever taxed itself into prosperity??? And where's this money going to come from? Oh yeah, we'll just borrow it from foreign governments like China, who will gladly buy our treasuries. Whoops, their hinting that they're not going to buy them anymore. Want to see where our country is headed? Look at the UK, California, NY and Michigan. When the president of the EU says our policies are like a "road to hell", it's time to wake up!

Ed at 10:32am March 26
I can't explain it in a tiny post, but maybe M. Jay Wells can ...

http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=310173877357981#

2003 ......
"The New York Times reports that the [Bush] administration recommended "the most significant regulatory overhaul in the housing finance industry since the savings and loan crisis a decade ago," calling for new supervision of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by the Treasury Department. Reportedly, congressional Democrats "fear that tighter regulation of the companies could sharply reduce their commitment to financing low-income and affordable housing."

Treasury Secretary John Snow testifies that Congress should enact "legislation to create a new federal agency to regulate and supervise the financial activities of our housing-related government-sponsored enterprises" and set prudent and appropriate minimum capital adequacy requirements, says a White House release.

But Rep. Frank replied: "I do not think we are facing any kind of a crisis" ...

Ed at 11:37am March 26
In the sense that Bush did not use the bully pulpit of the Presidency to fight for the the reforms he obviously supported, then, yes, in that regard, we can say it is Bush's fault -- He did not have the backbone, resolve and wherewithal to stand up to the obstructionists and vested interests on Capital Hill ...

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/11/business/new-agency-proposed-to-oversee-freddie-mac-and-fannie-mae.html

Alex at 11:44am March 26
Talk the talk, but walk the walk?
Oxley (R., Ohio) pulled the bill before a vote because of opposition from the Bush Administration. The GOP had control of both houses of Congress in 2003.

Oxley pulls bill under fire from Bush
Squabble over powers of Treasury over Fannie, Freddie...
By David Weidner, CBS.MarketWatch.com
Last update: 7:29 p.m. EDT Oct. 7, 2003NEW YORK (CBS.MW) — Strong opposition by the Bush administration forced a top Republican congressman to delay a vote on a bill that would create a new regulator for mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Both Oxley and the administration support a proposal to remove regulatory oversight of the GSEs from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Oxley’s bill would maintain HUD’s oversight of new products designed to encourage home ownership.
Assistant Treasury Secretary Wayne Abernathy, speaking before the Institute of International Bankers in New York, said the Treasury Department would not have enough power u...

Ed at 1:20pm March 26
The previous post actually reinforces my point. Simply asking to pull an ill-conceived bill does not not discount the Bush Admin's attempt (albeit seemingly feeble) at "real" reform. It wasn't just a turf "squabble." Giving or retaining Fannie & Freddie oversight to HUD would not have solved anything--it's like the fox guarding the hen-house! HUD programs (& the CRA) actually encouraged the reckless lending!!!!! I know it's lengthy, but try and actually read the IBD post/link I reference. It's funny how the politicians have skillfully re-directed the blame and anger from themselves and their pet GSEs that do their bidding to the "the rich", or "Wall Street," an easy target because apparently those fatcats have been brilliantly keeping me from my money, and yours too!!! I've got any idea! Why not borrow and steal and tax even more my from us and future generations (it is not really ours anyway; we just work for it) to clean up the mess they created in the first place.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

False Solutions and Real Problems

False Solutions and Real Problems by Thomas Sowell on National Review Online: "our present economic crisis has developed out of politicians providing solutions to problems that did not exist — and, as a result, producing a problem whose existence is all too real and all too painful.

What was the problem that didn’t exist? It was a national problem of unaffordable housing."