Category Archives: Election 2008

A Little Levity

Just too funny…

Another example of form over substance…

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Obama

…so much for gravitas. 

As Bugs Bunny would say, “What a maroon!”

h/t DP

Singing the Blues Amerika Finds Itself in the Red

In today’s UKTimes, Daniel Finkelstein writes about the reasons why Americans voted for Barack Obama as President of the United States.  His primary premise is that America itself is richer, smarter and less white.

Let’s ponder that statement for a moment. 

Nope, I’m not buying all of it.

America on Election Day was decidedly poorer than it was in 2004 when George W. Bush was elected President.  In fact, the Committee for a Responsible Budget recently reported that U.S. budget deficit numbers hover near $1 trillion dollars.  According to an ABC News Report, this deficit represents the

highest level of federal red ink as a share of the overall economy of any US budget since the 1940s. For each household, this year’s deficit would pile on an extra $8,620 of federal debt.

So much for being us being richer.

As for being smarter, Americans chose to elect a man who, by his own admission, wants to “spread the wealth around.” 

But with a $1 trillion dollar deficit, there is not going to be much opportunity to use the tax code to create wealth here in America for a long time, especially with all of the economic promises made during the election cycle. 

And the sad fact is that many of the promises made during the campaign are sure to be broken as the harsh reality of our diminishing economy, and the global economy as a whole, become more and more evident to all of us.

Besides, our first priority should be to reduce government spending before we commit any additional federal dollars for new programs.  But we can only accomplish this task by cutting earmarks and reducing the size of government, two things which are unlikely to occur with overwhelmingly Democratic representation in both houses of Congress and in the Office of President.

The only way out is through economic growth, which cannot occur if capital gains taxes are not drastically reduced.  Without decreased taxation, American corporations are not incentivized to create new jobs.  And as the global economy continues its downward spiral, the American economy will also continue to suffer from lack of capital, increasing interest rates and growing deficits in international markets. 

We need to produce something the world wants.

And we need to figure out what that might be…quickly.  But the truth is that the entire world is in uncharted economic territory.  None of the stop-gap measures taken in any country have halted the economic skid. 

And nobody is buying anything right now.

But creating more government jobs is not a solution.  It is an act of inherent self-destruction. 

We tax ourselves more to create more jobs for which we tax ourselves more to keep our jobs.  Before long, we start to look a lot like…China…or Cuba.  Pick the communist country of your choice.

Which brings me to Finklestein’s last point:  America is less white. 

And I agree with him on this point: 

Amerika has become a red state.  She not only finds herself in the red financially, but she is in the red ideologically.   

Legislating and agressively promoting marxist economic policies, the Democrats have, in this election, purchased for themselves two years of our time and our money to use as they see fit with more Fannies, more Freddies, and far less accountability than ordinary citizens can even imagine. 

But the people of America have spoken.  They must really like the blues.

As for me, I’m seeing red. 

And I don’t like it.

Make a Prediction

Who will be next?

 

It's Getting Kind of Crowded under Here

Just give it time…we’ll all be under there.  h/t DP

Threats, Elder Abuse and the Electoral Process

I took my mother to the doctor yesterday for a routine procedure, you know, one of those routine tests we all dread upon reaching a certain age.  I had reached that age myself about four years ago, having had the same procedure.  I swore I would never do it again when I remembered just how vile the prep was.

Drinking koolaid and spending a lot of time in the bathroom reminded me of the preparation for this election.  Let’s just say, politely, that it produced a lot of waste.

Just look at the number of illegal donations accrued and spent in the Obama campaign.  This is nothing short of obscene.  The fact that there is absolutely zero accountability for it is even more so, especially since the money was spent lavishly to elect a man who believes that it is my patriotic duty to pay more in taxes so that he can spend more and “spread the wealth around” to people who have not worked for it themselves.

If he truly believed it, he would have shared his resources with John McCain in order to be fair.  But fairness flies out the window when the liberals are the ones who are asked to share.  They only share what belongs to all of the rest of us:  our money.  They keep their own cash to use at their own discretion.  And then vote more of our money into their own pockets, so that they can tell us what they are going to do for us.  But only if we do what they want…which is to re-elect them.

But I digress.

We don’t really need a scope, as my mother and I did, to reveal several things that are very wrong with us.

Here are some troubling questions.

In recent years how many feminists have so willingly, so publicly bashed a member of their own gender with epithets like “she’s not a real woman” and “how  could she have brought a defective child into the world” just because she was named to run for political office? 

How many would be presidents have proclaimed that if a woman makes a mistake she shouldn’t be punished with a baby? 

How many black and white voters are voting for Barak Obama to “be a part of history” or to appease guilt over past wrongs?

How many people are voting against John McCain because he is “too old”?  or against Sarah Palin because she is “too Christian”?

How many people are voting to put more tax dollars in their pockets when they have not paid any taxes at all?

How many Jewish voters are “persuaded” by their grandchildren who “schlepped over” to encourage their older relatives in Florida to vote Obama?

Which brings me to the real issue that troubles me.

We have fissures.

Families are split.  Communities are divided.

The entire nation is fractured.

And it is divided along the lines of race, class, religion, gender…and age.

And because age has been raised as an issue in this election (and because both I and my mother had birthdays last week), I feel obligated to talk about it.  Our young people are going to face some very difficult decisons in years to come: decisions about how to allocate resources, how to provide medical care for aging and elderly parents and grandparents, how to preserve their own families while caring for the needs of those people who have cared for and supported them.

And when Social Security and Medicare go belly up, which they certainly will since no one in Congress has had the guts to attack the problems inherent in the system, it will be too late to bridge the yawing chasm between the young and the old. 

We can see the beginning of the fracture right now.  Already younger people are pressuring their elders to do what the younger people want. 

And the older people are caving.  Just look how many of them have been dumped and abandoned in assisted living facilities, moved out of their homes and deprived of their possessions by their “well meaning” children who are assuring only themselves that they are acting in their parents’ best interests.  After all, safety first….mom and dad just cannot be free to do as they please.  They might hurt themselves…or someone younger. 

But what is happening when the older people are dependent?

I am going to share something sobering I overheard in the waiting room at the doctor’s office.  This is the exact conversation between a woman, probably my age, and her senior citizen mother, who was, no doubt, undergoing the same procedure as my mother was.  Here it is:

Mother:  I am going to need you to take me to vote tomorrow.

Daughter:  I will, but only if you are not going to vote for McCain.  I’m not going to take you unless you are voting for Obama.

Does anyone else have a problem with this response?  Can I hear some outrage here? 

I wish I could say that I spoke up loudly to say, “I’ll take you!”  Or, “That’s elder abuse!” 

But though I was incensed about it, I lacked the courage to do it in front of the other two people who were also waiting in that room.  So I decided to write about it instead, knowing that I would have a much larger audience.

I just wonder how many other American citizens out there feel the same pressures.  Or hear the same kinds of threats from their own self-serving children.  Or who, by their own uncurbed excesses and self-indulgence, have been the example for their children’s and their politicians’ do-what-I-tell-you-to-or-else attitudes?

Could it be that we raise self-indulgent children and elect self-indulgent leaders because we want to indulge ourselves and eschew our personal responsibilities for our families…and for ourselves? 

I myself would not even dream of suggesting such a thing to my mother.  And neither of my children, now in their mid-twenties, would suggest such a thing to me. 

We know that we are free.  And we gladly accept the responsibilities associated with our liberty, even if it means that none of us get a cent from the federal government for retirement or medical care.

In fact, all of us would prefer not to. 

Because at the rate things are going, receiving any government monies may well lead to the ultimate demise of all freedom.  If you need evidence of that, look closely at any institution that accepts government funds. 

We need to consider what we have to give up in order to get it.  And don’t do it…no matter how much it costs us.

If only that poor woman in the waiting room had done so.  She might have been able to keep her voice…and her vote. 

Because many adult children, like that daughter, are going to cut their parents off just like the doctor cut off those growths that had the potential to kill my mother.  They are going to see their parents as a drain on the resources, a cancer that needs to be excised in order for the body to have a chance to survive.

After all, they rationalize, they want to live too.  And if they see the expense burdensome, many of them will try to push it off somewhere else…

Or silence it themselves.

But some of us, given the hard personal choice, would choose to be fiscally bankrupt and exercise our responsibilities rather than allowing ourselves to be morally bankrupt by avoiding our duties.  Consider it an “outgrowth” of our own freedom.

One we hope our own children will model for the next generation.

Who would have ever thought that a colonoscopy could reveal so much about all of us?

What the Brits are Seeing that America Isn’t…

From the London Times:

You gotta wonder about us.  Sometimes it’s good to listen to your mother….

Auntie Zeituni: Living the Obama Life in America

  If I help him, he’s gonna help me!

Tell that to Aunt Zeituni Onyango living illegally in the squalor of Barney Frank’s home state of Massachusettes.  Maybe we should ask her how the Obama wealth redistribution plan is working for her. 

Especially since she has given over two hundred sixty of her hard earned American dollars to his campaign.  Illegally.

Wow.  She must be RICH! 

She lives in public housing and lists the Boston Housing Authority as her employer.  I can only guess that living in America in squalor is far better than living in squalor in Kenya, where the “other” famous Obama relative lives on one dollar per month.

Barak Obama says he didn’t know she was living here. Or that she had a government house and a government job.

Or that she was illegal.  

But so were her campaign contributions.  And he didn’t know about them or where they came from either.

Just like he doesn’t know where all of those other “illegal” campaign donations are coming from, including the ones that come from other illegal aliens, illegal sources or other global citizens just contributing thousands of dollars in small increments on untraceable credit cards. 

After all, we can’t even track the illegal aliens in this country…all because they don’t have drivers’ licences.

Yet.

But soon some of them will have government houses, thanks to failures of Barney Frank, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.  And under the Obama Amnesty Plan, more of them will have drivers’ licences and government jobs.  As we speak, Nancy Pelosi is busy working on her jobs creation plan to present to Congress immediately after the election.

Guess who will get hired first?

Just remember, if the poorest of the poor can come to America (just how did she pay for her plane ticket anyway?) and still have $260 to give to a presidential campaign, then ALL of us are rich.

And all of us will have to pay a little more.  After all, as Joe Biden reminded us, it’s our patriotic duty.

What a great country. 

But don’t look for it to stay that way with Obama as president. 

After all, Auntie Zeituni left Kenya:  she didn’t expect to find Kenya here. 

She came to see her nephew Barry. 

But he’s lost.  And so is she. 

Lost in the socialist bureacracies we call welfare and illegal immigration status.

And so will be America if he wins on Tuesday.

March of Obama’s Skeletons Continues

The March of Obama’s Skeletons continues.  It is a macabre parade, but is any breathing media pundit reporting it?

The nightmare is beginning.  And it is beginning to feel more like the Dawn of the Living Dead than the day after Halloween.  Those of us who are holed up, living and breathing free air and ideas while we can, are seeing the journalistic zombies staggering all around us. 

But as someone aptly put it, this is the year that journalism died.

And I guess the dead cannot see the dead. 

So it’s up those of us who are living to shine a light in the darkness, and report what we see to anyone else out there who is reading.

On Halloween, I wrote about the skeletons coming out of Obama’s closet.  And I linked you up with Trevor at NewZeal, who reports today that

Barack Obama’s chief campaign strategist David Axelrod, once worked for a man who was an identified member of the Communist Party USA, a registered agent of the Soviet Union and a paid disseminator of Soviet black propaganda.

This man went on to become a key Chicago political fixer who helped elect communist linked politicians including the late Chicago mayor Harold Washington and former US Senator Carol Moseley Braun.

This man knew Barack Obama and was a key member of an organisation which endorsed Barack Obama in his 2004 US Senate race. Barack and Michelle Obama were active members of this organisation, which was once investigated by the FBI over claims of communist infiltration.

Who was this man? What was his background?

For more information click and read here.

The march is getting louder.  Can you hear it?  This is what it sound like:

The false charge…[of] racis[m] was only one of the smear campaigns used against [the]candida[te] by the Soviets and their surrogates. The American Communists covertly assisted in this “active measures” campaign.

Hey, PUMAs, are you listening?  This sounds a lot like Michelle Obama.

Read thoroughly.  And pass it on.

I see dead people.  And they’re voting.

Excerpts from CSPAN Democrats; Franklin Raines Defend Freddie and Fannie

h/t DP

Monkee Business: Making Mischief and Smashing Pumpkins

When I was a kid, November 1st used to be the day for cleaning up the remains of the jack o’lanterns the local high school pranksters had stolen from neighbors’ porches to toss about the neighborhood in random acts of mischief.

I remember the pumpkin shards with the smashed mouths leering in the middle and along the sides of the road, waiting for someone to scrape them off the pavement…or hit them with their cars, smushing them into pulpy oblivion on the blacktop.

But such is the life of a pumpkin: chosen, cleaned up, carved into a jacko’lantern, set out–smiling (or grimacing)–for public view for a short time…and then…SNATCH!  Smashed to smithereens by mischiefmakers right where everyone can see it immediately after Halloween.

But this Halloween there is more than mischief in the making:  there is outright deception.

So I thought that a little musical interlude from Smash Mouth (or the Monkees, depending on your age!) would be a useful tool in commenting on some remarks from an Obama supporter in Florida at Obama’s rally a couple of days ago.

This is what she said:

I’m in love…wooooo…I’m a believer….

Um.  Just kidding.   This is what she really said:

It was the most memorable time of my life.

It was a touching moment because… I never thought this day would ever happen.

I won’t have to worry about putting gas in my car.

I won’t have to worry about paying my mortage.

If I help him, he’s gonna help me.

RIGHT.  Keep on singing, sister.  That’s some fairy tale life you are living.

But if that’s what you truly believe, I’ve got just the song for you, although I might be publishing it a little early for you to realize the truth of it. 

And since I believe in free enterprise and intellectual property rights, I won’t be downloading any music with which you can sing along.  

But you can sing the song because you know the tune even if the lyrics surprise you, just like Barak Obama will if you elect him.  

Get ready…

One, two, one two three four….

I thought wealth was

Only true in fairy tales

Meant for just the rich

But not for me

Hope was out to get me

That’s the way it seems

Disappointment still haunts

All my dreams.

 

I thought I liked his face

But he’s a deceiver

Not a trace

Of change on his mind

He’s a fraud

He’s a deceiver

The press wouldn’t vet him

Didn’t try.

 

I thought trust was

More or less a given thing

The more I gave the less

I got, oh yeah!

What’s the point of working?

All you get is pain

When I wanted dollars

I got change…

But now I see his face

And he’s a deceiver

Not a trace

Of change on his mind

He’s a fraud

He’s a deceiver

The mob wouldn’t leave him

Wouldn’t try.

 

But what’s the use in working

All you get is pain

While I hoped for more wealth

I got change.

 

And I still see his face

And he’s a Deceiver

He will leave this place

With every last dime.

He’s a fraud

He’s a deceiver

But we couldn’t leave him

Didn’t try.

 

Although we liked his face

He’s still a deceiver

Not a trace

Or doubt in our minds.

He’s a deceiver

Yeah, yeah, yeah

Yeah, yeah, yeah

He’s a deceiver

Then we saw his face

And he’s a deceiver

Not a trace

Of doubt in our minds

He’s a deceiver 

But only some of us know it, because in fairy tales, even a plain golden pumpkin can become a golden carriage with the help of a fairy godmother.

Just not this one.

It’s time for us to engage in some deception…some mischief of our own.

We don’t want to help Obama.   We don’t want Obama’s help.  We know what he wants to do…and we don’t like it.

We don’t want to exchange our treats for his huge trick…so it’s time to smash his pumpkin before he gets a chance to get ours.

Let’s just make sure we do it on the right road…on the road to the White House.

Or we may just find ourselves splattered on the Highway to Hell instead.

True Confessions of an Obaman…Not

It’s true.

I confess.

I am an Obaman…Not!  For those of you who are somwhat dyslexic, you could say that I am not an Obaman.  And if you choose to resort to ad hominem attacks rather than attacking the issues, I just might boot you off the plane…well, at least off my site. 

Or I might just choose to argue with you.

And so, SC Muth or whoever you are, I’m taking you on.

You decided to contribute your comments about my posting of a “negative campaign ad.”  And here they are:

I loved that you are using a “so called negative campaign ad” as your basis for truth. Sad, but amusing. Save yourself and do your own research.

Good luck, clearly you’ll need some.

Clearly, I am not the one who hasn’t done the research. 

But in the interests of fairness, I decided not to ask you to get off my plane, but rather to ask you to read the excerpt below from the transcript of the Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate held at Drexel University on October 30th, 2007.  I’m posting only the relevant part without excising the comments from any the context, lest I be accused of some more egregious journalistic abuse. 

You find the transcript to the debate in its entirety in the link above, but you need to scroll through the entire debate until almost the end of the transcript to find this material.  In the excerpt I’ve highlighted Senator Obama’s comments to assist you in finding them…if you want to.  

Read and weep.

And next time, do your own homework.

Excerpt:

PHILADELPHIA—Transcript of Oct. 30 Democratic debate at Drexel University below. Courtesy MSNBC.

DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES PARTICIPATE IN A DEBATE
SPONSORED BY MSNBC

OCTOBER 30, 2007

SPEAKERS: SEN. CHRISTOPHER J. DODD, D-CONN.

SEN. HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON, D-N.Y.

FORMER SEN. JOHN EDWARDS, D-N.C.

GOV. BILL RICHARDSON, D-N.M.
SEN. JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., D-DEL.

REP. DENNIS J. KUCINICH, D-OHIO

SEN. BARACK OBAMA, D-ILL.

BRIAN WILLIAMS, MSNBC ANCHOR

TIM RUSSERT, MSNBC ANCHOR…

RUSSERT: Thank you, Brian.

Senator Clinton, Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer has proposed
giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. He told the Nashua,
New Hampshire, Editorial Board it makes a lot of sense.

Why does it make a lot of sense to give an illegal immigrant a
driver’s license?

CLINTON: Well, what Governor Spitzer is trying to do is fill the
vacuum left by the failure of this administration to bring about
comprehensive immigration reform. We know in New York we have several
million at any one time who are in New York illegally. They are
undocumented workers. They are driving on our roads. The possibility
of them having an accident that harms themselves or others is just a
matter of the odds. It’s probability.

So what Governor Spitzer is trying to do is to fill the vacuum.
I believe we need to get back to comprehensive immigration reform
because no state, no matter how well intentioned, can fill this gap.
There needs to be federal action on immigration reform.

RUSSERT: Does anyone here believe an illegal immigrant should
not have a driver’s license?

(UNKNOWN): Believe what?

RUSSERT: An illegal immigrant should not have a driver’s
license.

DODD: This is a privilege. And, look, I’m as forthright and
progressive on immigration policy as anyone here. But we’re dealing
with a serious problem here, we need to have people come forward. The
idea that we’re going to extend this privilege here of a driver’s
license I think is troublesome, and I think the American people are
reacting to it.

We need to deal with security on our borders. We need to deal
with the attraction that draws people here. We need to deal fairly
with those who are here.

But this is a privilege. Talk about health care, I have a
different opinion. That affects the public health of all of us.

But a license is a privilege, and that ought not to be extended,
in my view.

CLINTON: Well, I just want to add, I did not say that it should
be done, but I certainly recognize why Governor Spitzer is trying to
do…

(UNKNOWN): Wait a minute…

CLINTON: And we have failed. We have failed.

DODD: No, no, no. You said — you said yes…

CLINTON: No.

DODD: … you thought it made sense to do it.

CLINTON: No, I didn’t, Chris. But the point is, what are we
going to do with all these illegal immigrants who are driving…

DODD: That’s a legitimate issue. But driver’s license goes too
far, in my view.

CLINTON: Well, you may say that, but what is the identification?

If somebody runs into you today who is an undocumented worker…

DODD: There’s ways of dealing with that.

CLINTON: Well…

DODD: This is a privilege, not a right.

CLINTON: Well, what Governor Spitzer has agreed to do is to have
three different licenses, one that provides identification for
actually going onto airplanes and other kinds of security issues,
another which is another ordinary driver’s license, and then a special
card that identifies the people who would be on the road, so…

DODD: That’s a bureaucratic nightmare.

CLINTON: … it’s not the full privilege.

RUSSERT: Senator Clinton, I just want to make sure of what I
heard. Do you, the New York senator, Hillary Clinton, support the New
York governor’s plan to give illegal immigrants a driver’s license?

You told the New Hampshire paper that it made a lot of sense. Do
you support his plan?

CLINTON: You know, Tim, this is where everybody plays “gotcha.”
It makes a lot of sense. What is the governor supposed to do? He is
dealing with a serious problems. We have failed. And George Bush has
failed. Do I think this is the best thing for any governor to do?
No. But do I understand the sense of real desperation, trying to get
a handle on this? Remember, in New York, we want to know who’s in New
York. We want people to come out of the shadows.

He’s making an honest effort to do it. We should have passed
immigration reform.

WILLIAMS: New subject, Senator Edwards.

You have young children. As you know, the Internet can be a bit
of a cultural wild west.

Assuming a lot of homes don’t have parental support, would you be
in favor of any government guidelines on Internet content?
EDWARDS: For children? To try to protect children — using
technology to protect children, I would.

I want to add something that Chris Dodd just said a minute ago,
because I don’t want it to go unnoticed. Unless I missed something,
Senator Clinton said two different things in the course of about two
minutes just a few minutes ago.

And I think this is a real issue for the country. I mean,
America is looking for a president who will say the same thing, who
will be consistent, who will be straight with them. Because what
we’ve had for seven years is double-talk from Bush and from Cheney,
and I think America deserves us to be straight.

WILLIAMS: Senator Obama, why are you nodding your head?

OBAMA: Well, I was confused on Senator Clinton’s answer. I
can’t tell whether she was for it or against it. And I do think that
is important. One of the things that we have to do in this country is
to be honest about the challenges that we face.

Immigration is a difficult issue. But part of leadership is not
just looking backwards and seeing what’s popular or trying to gauge
popular sentiment. It’s about setting a direction for the country.
And that’s what I intend to do as president.

RUSSERT: Are you for it or against it?

OBAMA: I think that it is the right idea, and I disagree with
Chris because there is a public safety concern. We can make sure that
drivers who are illegal come out of the shadows, that they can be
tracked, that they are properly trained, and that will make our roads
safer.

That doesn’t negate the need for us to reform illegal
immigration.