All of the drama over Mitt as the imperfect candidate has taken me back to the early days of the Bush presidency. When he was silent on the AWB, except to have said if it reached his desk he would sign it. People threw a fit. They wanted him to come out swinging on the issue and that he would go so far as to say sure, he’d sign it if he saw it, incensed them. Conservatives were ready to not vote for him and, probably, the gun owners he lost because they didn’t know how to play the game were the difference between Gore trying to steal the election, and a Bush 3 million vote victory that should have been.
Back then I kept telling people to shut up and think. Listen to what he said. IF it reached his desk he’d sign it. A clearer message could not be sent during a campaign: Make sure I have a House and Senate that will never send it to me because, right now, I have to play the game the best I can. I went over this and over it. Still people were complaining after he was elected. After the AWB died they still complained. It wasn’t enough it was dead, they wanted Bush to have killed it. They wanted to see him wield the mighty pen. That he did not meant he was no conservative.
In fact he wasn’t much of a conservative but he was a decent Republican and he held things together in a difficult time. As long as he could. But nothing he did made those hardliners happy. That he did not single handedly slay the AWB was enough to make them stay home. Enough that we almost got Gore and then Kerry. Looking back now we can all see what a trainwreck either of those events would have played out to be.
But now we’ve got the same sort of thing going on with Romney. Yes, he’s a lesser candidate. But he’s superior to the alternative. He’s playing the game. He can win and he will be better for our side than the alternative. If we give him a House and Senate that will have his back he might even turn out to be, with some help, some of what we’re looking for in a president. But some of you are going to have to get past the Bush days and that AWB type fixation. It doesn’t matter what seemingly messed up way things get done at this point so long as they get done.
Hold back your vote. Keep insisting he do things not only that you want but the way you want them when you want them. Hand this election to Obama and submit this nation to four years of unrestrained socialist rule by Executive Order. Then what? You can pat yourself on the back for cutting off your noses to spite your faces? The rest of us will really be appreciative, as will your children…and the bankers and the Elites for entirely different reasons.
The Death of the Newspaper
We have been watching this coming for the last 20 years or so. Sooner than you think, the concept of the daily newspaper, will be one of those stories elders tell their disbelieving grandchildren. “Yes, Jenny, they used to print ads in a thing called a ‘newspaper’ and they would print the ad on cheap paper with some 3 day old news and sell it by throwing it on your dew-covered lawn.”
“Oh, Grandpa! That’s not real.”
Now today comes the news that one of the nation’s major dailies is cutting back to publishing only 3 days per week:
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans’ daily newspaper, The Times-Picayune, will switch to publishing three days a week starting in the fall and plans to increase its focus on online news.
The 175-year-old paper announced Thursday the formation of a new company — NOLA Media Group — which includes The Times-Picayune and its NOLA.com website affiliate.
The announcement said there will be unspecified staff reductions.
Times-Picayune publisher Ricky Mathews, who will be president of the new venture, said the changes were necessitated by upheaval in the newspaper industry. . . .
So the once-mighty newspaper industry continues to swirl around the bowl. Even the . Back in the day before that new-fangled AM radio came along, newspapers were the only means of getting news from places far away. Newspapers were published twice a day. Then as technology marched on from radio to television to cable news programs to the internet and the now instant availablility of almost all news from anywhere, the newspaper has simply lost its reason for being. Coupled with the march of technology, the newspaper industry’s predominent left-wing bias has made it an unlikeable item, easy to discard. It seems only a matter of time now until there are no more papers, except perhaps on the internet, although America still refuses to pay for most on-line content.
In my humble opinion we have reached the tipping point and we will now see more and more newspapers simply cease to exist. Frankly, the only function they serve now is as cut-and-post outlets for the Associated Press. I have a remedy so that some remnant of the newspaper industry can exist.
Papers have become too expensive and their value no longer justify their prices. If I were to pay for my local rag it would cost me $1 for about 30 pages of tripe, and $3 on Sunday for 30 pages of tripe plus 50 pages of ads. Ironically, the parts of the paper the publisher values most should be axed first. Here are my thoughts, free of charge, to newspapers who want to survive:
-Slash the price of the paper by 50% immediately and advertise the heck out of the new price and new content.
-End subscriptions to the major news services like AP. International, national and even State-wide news of any import has already been heard or read 2 days ago by your news-savvy audience.
-Consider becoming a weekly or, like the New Orleans paper, a 3-times-a-week paper.
Keep your editorial page if you must but opine only on items of local import, like the school tax or the merits of the up-coming library book sale. No one cares what your committee of screaming liberals thinks about larger matters, or candidate endorsements; we are capable of making up our own minds about those thank you.
-Convert your few remaining reporters to the purely local beat and shine your investigative efforts on city hall, not the White House.
-The more local college and high school sports the better. Heck, junior high sports will at least sell a paper or two to grandma to see if little Johnny scored a basket!
There came a time when the buggy manufacturers realized the Model T was not a passing fad. It’s that time now for the newspaper industry, which must either go local or boutique, or simply perish.
Randall Mead is a simple, country lawyer, scratching out a living in the belly of the beast, the capital of Madiganistan.
Back in the 1950s, I was a high school math and science teacher and I voluntarily joined the National Education Association (NEA) and the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) (joining was voluntary then). In those days the NEA and PSEA were professional organizations dedicated to maintaining teaching as a profession and improving the quality of instruction. Our meetings consisted of seminars on ways to improve our teaching techniques, displays of new and advanced textbooks, and the exchange of ideas on improving the quality of our instruction. Teachers were highly respected by students, parents, and the community.
We teachers demanded high academic standards from our students. Students and parents both knew that if the student failed to meet those standards, he or she would receive a failing grade and would have to repeat the course or repeat the grade in order to graduate. Contrast that with today’s schools where every student passes even though many don’t even know how to read.
We have had a precipitous decline in the quality of education in the last 40 years. There are three major reasons for that decline, each as devastating as the next. In chronological order, here are those reasons:
1) Elimination of Phonics – The 1930s and 1940s saw the beginning of the elimination of the use of phonics in the teaching of reading. During WW II, less than 1% of recruits were unable to read at the 4th grade level, but during the Korean War, 17% of the draftees were illiterate, according to the Armed Forces Qualification Tests (AFQT). U.S. literacy figures for adults over 25 were 98% in 1950. (1)
A 1993 National Adult Literacy Survey found that “over 96 per cent (174 million) can’t read, write, and figure well enough to go to college; two-thirds (120 million) do not have the ‘literary proficiency’ to go to high school; and nearly a fourth (40 to 44 million) can’t read.” (2)
Why the decline in literacy? The WW II draftees were taught reading using the phonics method while most of the Korean War draftees were taught reading using the “look-say” or “whole word” method. A personal example: When our youngest son was in second grade, he was barely reading at the first grade level. Over the Christmas break, we used a phonics kit to teach him how to read and when he returned to school, he was reading as well as any others in his class. Now, at age 50, he is a voracious reader.
2) Federal Control Education – In the 1950s the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare was formed. This was the beginning of government interference into the local control of education. The federal government substituted federal bureaucratic control of education policies and spending for the proven American tradition of local control of education. In other words, parents lost their control the quality of education.
3) The NEA Became a Labor Union – In the 1960s the NEA was transformed from a professional organization into nothing more than another labor union involved in left-wing politics and opposing any education reform that would improve the quality of education. We are now spending far more per student than at any time in our history (adjusted for inflation), yet the quality of education continues to decline. All the NEA can think of to solve the problem is to throw more money at it. Lack of money is not the problem.
It is a sad commentary on the state of the NEA that the only action that was reported from their 1994 convention was the vote to boycott orange juice because the Florida orange growers were sponsoring the Rush Limbaugh Program. If the NEA would spend as much time on making real improvements in education as it does on politics, we would have the best educated students in the world.
Why did it happen?
The goal of the liberals’ education program was to place control of all education in this country into the hands of liberal educrats – the teachers’ unions, the federal education bureaucracy, and school administrators. Liberals claimed that the liberal elitist educrats knew more about educating children than the parents of those children or the locally elected school board.
When the liberal takeover of the schools occurred, we had the best education system in the world. Now, after 40 years of liberal control of education, the quality of education has declined so far that the majority of our graduates can’t compete with graduates from other countries. Even worse, millions of jobs are going unfilled and remedial courses must be taught in most colleges and universities because our high school graduates can’t even read, write, or do simple math. In fact, many of our high school graduates can’t even read their own diplomas.
There is a direct correlation between the decline in education quality and the increase in Federal control of education. There is also a direct correlation between the decline in education quality and the evolution of the National Education Association (NEA) from a professional organization to nothing more than a labor union begging for federal handouts.
The liberal programs for education have succeeded in doing what Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D, NY) described as, “The dumbing down of America.”
What can we do about it?
1) We need to introduce competition into the education system. Competition would force an improvement in working conditions in public schools. Such an improvement would attract more gifted students to the teaching profession and prevent good teachers from leaving to go into industry. See also 3) below.
2) About $120,000 is now being spent per classroom (assuming 20 students) in public schools. $52,800 (44%) of that amount is being spent on administration. I see no earthly reason that 44% of school spending should be spent on administration. Competition would force public schools to streamline their administrative bureaucracy, pay teachers what would be required to get the best available, and purchase additional educational materials.
If you’ll pardon a personal note, the main reason that I left teaching was the administrivia that we had to endure. If I may say so, I was a good teacher who demanded and got superior performance from my students. I taught in a poor school district but we produced many superior graduates, proving that money is not the solution to the education problem.
3) Introducing the use of vouchers into the education system would force all schools, public, private, and parochial, to improve the quality of education in order to get the consumers’ (parents’) voucher dollars. The beauty of vouchers is that the competition would force the public schools to demand the same performance standards as we already have in private and parochial schools in order to compete with them. As a result we have a significant improvement in the overall quality of education.
Vouchers have proven to be very popular wherever they have been tried. One of the most successful voucher systems has been the one in the inner city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It has become so popular that every year more schools are being added to the list of available schools. One of the reasons that vouchers are so popular in Milwaukee and elsewhere is that they are not discriminatory and there is no screening for ethnic and religious backgrounds or financial ability to pay. Any parent who has a voucher can go to any participating school and enroll his or her child.
Of course, that child will have to meet the standards of performance for each subject in order to remain in that school. In other words, the child must pass the courses. What a novel idea. How different from most public schools where students are graduated when they reach the correct age whether they have learned anything or not.
We have seen how the quality of education has drastically declined in this nation as a result of education policies forced upon us by liberal educrats. The best way to restore quality into our education system is to introduce competition by giving parents education vouchers so that they can have the freedom to choose the best available education for their children.
(1) Regna Lee Wood, “That’s Right – They’re Wrong,” National Review, 9/14/92
(2) Regna Lee Wood, “Our Golden Road to Illiteracy,” National Review, 10/18/93
A Paul-ing Math
Figures from http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/republican_vote_count.html
Real Clear Politics
2012 Republican Popular Vote
Romney . . 6,354,712
Santorum . 3,576,171
Gingrich . . 2,525,766
Paul . . . . . 1,544,822
Based on these figures and according to my math there have been 14,001,471 votes cast for these 4 people who ran/are running in the GOP primary this year.
This means Governor Romney has received 45.4% of the popular vote while Dr. Paul has received only 11% of this vote. To put it another way, the “Not Ron Paul” vote has been 89%.
I realize the Ron Paul faithful believe there is some way Paul can win the Republican nomination. Let’s assume he does.
Does that not mean the 11% have somehow usurped power and disenfranchesed the 89%?
Is that the kind of mandate Dr. Paul and his followers espouse? I think in other places that would call that a “coup.”
Randall Mead is a simple, country lawyer, scratching out a living in the belly of the beast, the capital of Madiganistan.
The two nations in the worst economic shape, whose antics over the past decades threatened to crush the EU and much of the rest of the world’s economy, don’t really seem to give a damn. At least their voters don’t.
Unhappy with “austerity” voters have put a socialist into power in France, where the same socialist party stands to assume complete control of that nations government, and in Greece there simply is no government now. The number two party wants to dump the entire bailout. The lead party admits it can’t get a coalition without appeasing that group and the number 3 party at the very least wants to “renegotiate”. More interesting and destabilizing is the fact that if these three groups can’t, in order of percentage, establish some majority coalition it all goes back to the voters again. How many guesses do we need to know what they’ll do next time, knowing what they managed to accomplish this time? Anyone for a Golden Dawn majority?
In short, Europeans want to continue to retire at 60-62, get two months of paid vacations and continue to get “free” healthcare while their governments tax the “rich” at 75% and then wonder why their economies continue to die. These people really do not seem to understand that their is not only no free lunch, there’s no cheap one, either. If you want government to pay for everything then government has to have most of your income. If you don’t like higher taxes then you do with less government.
But these people represent what this nation is becoming: They want it all, they want it for free, and they want some mythical group of “1%” to pay for it while keeping strong economies and jobs. As long as those jobs aren’t too difficult, “degrading” or require too many years of actual work. That this is impossible doesn’t seem to compute with them.
That they are gambling on dragging first Europe and then the world down with them isn’t something they even seem to care about. But it’s US Citizens who are supposedly unaware of and unconcerned about the rest of the globe. Personally, with these two elections and the way the rest of the year seems poised to go in Europe I think that old meme will have to be revised. It’s way too much of Europe that doesn’t have a clue or give a damn in the face of their own narcissism.
In the long run it’s we who will get to pay for their stupidity. Again.
The President’s campaign has cooked up cartoon sycophant Julia, dependent on the largesse Barack Obama takes away from those with a job and “redistributes” to her during her entire life to get her through to old age, working in the community garden and her ultimate government appointment with the death panel at the end. After reading bits and pieces of this drivel, I couldn’t help but think about the Real Julia.
The Real Julia, Julia Eberly Martin, came to Texas as a pioneer girl with her family around 1832. She was probably around 10. The Real Julia’s mother, infant sister, and uncle died the first year they were in Texas, probably of cholera. A few years after she arrived, in 1836, the Texas Revolution broke out. Her father, Captain Jacob Eberly, left home to fight in the battle of Gonzales, where the Texans refused to turn over their cannon to the dictator Santa Anna’s army, instead defiantly making a flag with a cannon picture and star on it that declared “Come and Take It”.
How frightened Julia must have been, coming to this raw, dangerous new land fraught with predators of all kind, human and animal, literally making everything they had from nothing. Then war broke out, and her father had to worry about his motherless children as well as fighting for freedom for them. Nobody, you see, gave Julia a “head start”. There was no “free lunch” you didn’t shoot and cook yourself. School was a luxury, and medical care sporadic.
In that exceptionally cold March, the Alamo fell, and Goliad, and The Real Julia and her family had to flee for their lives, burning their possessions behind them, all they had worked for, and making their difficult, cold, frightened way across Texas with no government-provided mass transit, even. They built a raft and floated across to Galveston Island on it, hoping they would be safe, unsure if they would ever be able to go back to what was left of their home again.
Upon debarking from the raft, The Real Julia and her family received a terrible scare- in the distance, they saw a line of what appeared to be Karankawa Indians, a very primitive cannibal tribe who lived in that area, and in haste began to reload the raft to try to escape! How relieved they were when they discovered it was only sand cranes. This story, related by Julia’s sister many years later to her granddaughter, is one of the few hints we have of the panic the small band of pioneers were feeling during this troubled time.
Fortunately, The Texans were victorious in throwing off the yoke of an oppressor at the Battle of San Jacinto, and Doctor James Fisher Martin, a doctor from England via South Carolina, eventually became Julia’s husband when she was about 18. The Real Julia, without any help from Barack Obama, chose to have an actual husband, and bear five children, eventually establishing a large ranch in south Texas.
The Real Julia and the strong women like her didn’t need a central government riding shotgun for them their entire lives- they were, you see, the REAL liberated women! They were strong, able to build an entire life from an unforgiving wilderness, defend themselves and their children, feed, clothe, shelter, nurse, educate, and work as truly independent, free women, and shoot their own guns quite well. I think that the Real Julia was much like The Real Sarah Palin today! They are both examples of strength, faith, and each a pioneer in her own way.
They are who and what built our country and their hard work, faith in God and the values of individual effort and willingness to fight for freedom put cartoon Obama Julia to shame, quite literally. Pretend Julia is just that-pretend, and her story makes a mockery of everything the Real Julia lived, fought and strived for in her real life.
The Real Julia is a better story than the pretend Julia who cannot function without an overbearing government directing every aspect of her life. Today we are facing just as insidious a dictatorship looming in our future as the Real Julia- my great great grandmother. Julia, at least I still have a choice in November and I’m with you, not Obama Pretend Julia. Come and Take It!
The REAL War on Women
I’m confused. The Progressive Statists are sending me mixed messages. They are missing out on correctly propagandizing me. Maybe it is because I am one of those non-elitist flyover hicks who worked her way through ordinary colleges like Sarah Palin did, and I am just too dumb to get the memos they are attempting to send out to us Great Unwashed via complicit media.
OK. First of all, when I was a young woman, raised in the traditionalist fifties, the deal was, many women decided to get married, work awhile and perhaps then stay home and raise children after they started having them. They didn’t just “stay home”, though. They provided countless hours of volunteer efforts helping other people. They ran the churches and did all kinds of charity work helping the less fortunate. And often, like my mom and my husband’s, they then also worked, too when the kids were a little older. My traditionalist mom was an accomplished banker. My traditionalist mother-in-law was the first woman in her small town to own her own business, and at age 93, still does.
They ran the schools and were active in the PTA. If the school needed a fence, the Good Ladies cooked beans and held fundraiser suppers until they had enough to buy the fence for the school so the little boys wouldn’t run in the street getting the ball when they had recess. Back then; we had “recess”, too. It was where we learned interpersonal skills like how to handle bullies without the government and movies having to explain to us how to do that.
Out mommies knew us better than anybody on Facebook. They made it their business to know, to guide, to encourage and support, and to discipline. If we misbehaved in school, mommy and the teacher supported each other for our own good to solve the problem. When I was six and played baseball for the first time during recess, I didn’t know how, and the kids laughed at me. I walked home for lunch and cried. Mommy got a paper napkin and showed me how “baseball” worked. Nobody was as important in a child’s life as Mom back then.
We were able to “make do with what we had” (one of my Mom’s favorite sayings) back then on one income because we didn’t have much, didn’t expect to “have” much, (except for lots of love, discipline, and the aforementioned emotional support). We thought this was somewhat normal. We didn’t think we needed air conditioning in hot Texas summers, we didn’t think anybody else should pay for our food, clothing, education, or medical care. Of course there were people who didn’t have the wherewithal for these things, but people helped family and friends and the churches and school helped provide, through that ever-present pot of beans that always seemed to be bubbling on the stove for the next supper for charity. Doctors, lawyers, and other purveyors of services accepted chickens when there was need, even- how do you think “The Chicken Ranch” got its name?
Then the sixties and the feminist mystique and no-fault divorce and Medicare and Medicaid and the government and insurance and the progressive statists assumed ever-larger roles in declaring war on poverty. Women were encouraged to get rid of their “inconvenient truths” via legalized abortion and the respect for being “just a housewife and mommy” was relegated to something less than that of the strident career woman.
All the SMART women were now expected to eschew such niceties as men holding a chair or opening a door and now supposed to be LIBERATED from all that old-fashioned respect they used to have. Men were actually considered undesirable altogether in some quarters like those Hilary Rosen seems to favor, who “adopted” herself, with her “partner”, who now appears to have left the building enabling Hilary to claim victim status as a “single mom”. Of course, what you don’t hear is that Hilary is actually a 1 percenter herself, having made millions currying favor with the elitist statists whose bidding she was doing with her accidentally on-purpose remark about Ann Romney that backfired.
The buzz word was, and is “CHOICE”, which often is a convenient euphemism for selfish indulgence of every sexual whim, whenever, wherever, with whomever, casual, and if the consequence of a baby results, why, then the opposite of prolife is, ummm, well, let’s don’t call it death. CHOICE is a much nicer word. And we can always cover it up with claiming it is for women’s “health”. For the “liberated” woman, a baby is viewed as anything but, fetus, collection of cells, heck, to our current President, even a “punishment” for a “mistake”.
So now we have an election with the starkest conflict of two cultures in years. We have the ultimate progressive/socialist/Marxist statist against a guy with a traditional wife who spent her life raising five little boys into fine men. Why, she “never worked a day in her life”, according to the War on Women messaging flak. But the REAL war on women is statism itself.
We, the traditional woman, don’t want the government paying for our birth control. We truly do have the morals and values to control our own bodies and make and pay for our own “choices” if we aren’t forced to pay for the irresponsible who either feed the abortion mills they want us to subsidize with their profligate “choices”, or have multiple children on the government dole so they DON’T have to work.
Strangely enough, government and the welfare state demanded more and more of the taxes of the productive. More and more self-indulged young people bought into a consumer culture of materialistic excess they thought they were entitled to NOW, paid for by government, such as expensive colleges with climbing walls. Women, instead of being liberated to make “choices”, HAD to work to pay for it all.
As government fed the unlimited appetite for entitlements and expectations politicians cranked up via shills like Hilary Rosen to buy votes and power, it COST MORE MONEY. And the women are the ones who are forced to pay. And pay. And pay. The very single mom with kids to support whose husband has moved on to the next self-indulgent sweet thang, that single mom who is working to hold it all together, is the victim not of the Republicans, but of the Democrats who created her trap in the first place. The Democrats’ War On Women is real, all right, but like Pogo, “We have seen the enemy, and it is us.”
Women like Sarah Palin are demonized for having many kids and choosing to dare to aspire above her elitist-imposed station in life by achieving high political office, while women like Ann Romney who choose, and can, to raise children and NOT work outside the home are demonized by the very same people for their choice. Their would-be masters of choice are waging the war, and it is REALLY on all women not willing to accept the gulag of statist slavery. Oops. Hilary Rosen, your hypocrisy slip is showing.
Preparing for the Flood
The greybeards and village elders knew the signs all too well. For days they had looked to the mountains and had seen the storm raining on the heights. But not even the oldest of the old could recall a storm of this ferocity, or one which had dumped as much rain as this one. Since the village sat beside the river whose headwaters were fed by these mountain rains, the elders knew action was needed or the village might well be destroyed by the coming flood. They needed to build a flood wall, and it had to be done quickly, but it would take all the people working together to get it done in time, before the flood waters arrived from the mountains.
Witt the Mason had been campaigning for the erection of a masonry flood wall since the last time the village had voted one down. The people then had hoped that the weather would change and that flood walls would not be necessary. But, some in the village, the loudest ones, demanded that a masonry wall would fail; that only a wooden wall would work and be true to their tradition of being a forest people; that Witt was not to trusted to do a good job building the wall; that a wall built by Witt was no better than the flood itself. The elders, as was their custom, simply let the people vote on major questions, and the vote overwhelmingly favored sponsoring Witt to be in charge of building the masonry wall while all the people labored to build it in time.
But there was no unity. Upset that the vote of the people had gone against their concerns, many of the people refused to work on the wall, saying wood was the only way and if they couldn’t have their wood, they would be content that there be no wall at all.
As a result, when the flood came coursing down the river from the mountains, the wall was not ready. The flood easily overtopped the part of the wall that had been finished. All was lost, and the people would be . . . no more. But the scoffers who refused to work on the masonry wall, just before the waters overtook and drowned them and their children said, “Ha! I guess I showed them!”
Randall Mead is a simple, country lawyer, scratching out a living in the belly of the beast, the capital of Madiganistan.
I know how stupid I am. And that is what REALLY worries me about my country, because the people running it are stupider than me. All my life I assumed that people who got elected or appointed to high places must know more than me, at least, and I could be assured that at least in some ways, they might therefore be trusted to make better decisions for my country. I have been disavowed of that notion now, long ago.
Here we have supposedly highly educated people running the show, eduated at some of our nation’s most elite universities. Yet, they seem to be devoid of not only basic knowledge of history and economics, subjects you would think would be basic to even rudimentary understanding of how our country works and how it relates to the rest of the world, but grossly lacking in simple common sense.
It’s like the planet Socialism landed a space ship from outer space and dumped off its refuse of losers who already screwed up their world onto ours. We have a President who claims to be the smartest guy in human history for whom we have never seen a grade score from college, nor any records whatsoever from same. The press seems not to care, but perpetuates the myth of his consumate smartness while demanding anal inspections of the most minute details of every Republican candidate’s past. Rick Perry’s Texas A&M grades hit the intrnet five minutes after he announced, yet crickets chirp before you will see the President’s proof of brilliance school records. How come?
Leaving that aside, let’s look at some of his “appointments”. We have Timothy Geithner, who heads up the agency that collects taxes from us, yet cheats on his own, and claims to not be able to use Turbotax as an “excuse”. Hello????
We have a supposedly brilliant Secretary of Energy who wants us to pay ten dollar gas to promote his bogus global warming green energy agenda to enrich his and Obama’s rich donors while hurting severely every Texas businessman who has to drive long distances to work, every midwest farmer, everybody in the country who depends on gas-powered tansportation to haul things, work and eat.
But, it gets worse. Because now we have Republicans running who are discussing contraception and not gas prices, egged on by the hostile news media who are in the tank for the Democrats one and all.
We’re running on fumes, people!! The country is broke while Michelle takes yet one more pricey vacay on the taxpayer dime. Gas is scheduled to hit 5 bucks a gallon. The Democrat Senate has blocked every spending cut attempt to get the situation under control, and the Republicans have been too wishy washy, caving to this “bipartisan” nonsense the Dems periodically run by them as regularly as Lucy snatches out the football from Charlie Brown.
I’m frustrated. I want to be led by somebody smarter than me who will return my country to fiscal responsibility, stop the giveaway goodies to the losers of the world, and drill baby drill and bring down that pipeline from Canada to get us energy independent and get the gas prices down. We should be able to tell the Middle East to take their oil and feed it to their camels if we used the least bit of common sense in developing our own resources.
The cherry on the cake came in my mail last week as “good news” from my medicare advantage insurance provider. They announced “new services” Medicare is now paying for with money earned by you and me, the productive of the country, and virtually every one is to shore up somebody who, frankly, has made “loser” choices with their own health. You will be happy to know that if you choose to abuse alcohol, are depressed, are engaging in irresponsible sexual conduct so you might get a sexually transmitted disease, are obese or making nonheart-healthy eating choices, medicare will counsel and intervene you and whatever for “free”- To you, the person making bad choices, not for the rest of us who are paying for it for you.
Now maybe that sounds a little harsh here, on my part, but hey. We’re BROKE. And this stuff is why. Here’s your free behavioral therapy from me: quit drinking. Quit whoring. Quit overeating. Get off your ass and get some excercise. And quit charging me for your bad choices.
And those of you running for office: learn some history, learn some economics, learn some common sense, and get the gas prices down. Quit living high on my hog while I eat the pig’s feet. I’m ready for somebody with a brain cell not polluted with the cocaine of power ( not to mention the real kind) to run my country. ..somebody SMARTER than me.
Liberal Media Lies about the Economy
by Naturalized- Texan
There are lies of commission and lies of omission. The lies from the liberal media are lies of omission when a Republican is president and lies of commission when a Democrat is president. I will provide several examples of those lies starting with the Reagan years and continuing through the Obama presidency.
President Reagan inherited a recession from his predecessor that still ranks as the worst economy since the Great Depression. During that recession we had double-digit inflation, double-digit interest rates, and double-digit unemployment, but none of that was reported by the liberal media.
The Reagan across-the-board tax rate cuts were enacted in 1981 to take effect in 1983. Those tax rate cuts triggered 18 years of robust economic growth interrupted by only one quarter of negative growth in the first quarter of 1991 following the Bush tax increase. The robust economic growth triggered by those tax rate cuts created 20 million jobs in the 1980s.
The liberal media falsely characterized the Reagan across-the-board tax cuts as “tax cuts for the rich.” Sound familiar? In addition, they never reported the job creation resulting from those tax rate cuts.
During the 1992 presidential campaign BJ Clinton claimed that the economy then was “the worst economy in 50 years” and the liberal media parroted Clinton’s claim as if it were fact. The facts are that economic growth during at the time of that campaign was robust with GDP growth during the four quarters of 1992 being 4.5%, 4.3%, 4.2%, and 4.3%. However, the liberal media never reported those facts.
Incidentally, following the 1993 Clinton tax increase, described by Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D, NY) as the largest tax increase in the history of the world, GDP growth was cut almost in half before it recovered.
Following the Clinton administration’s frivolous anti-trust suit against Microsoft, the dot-com bubble burst in mid-2000 just as the presidential campaign was heating up. Economic growth dropped to near zero. But the media never reported that near recession-level GDP.
The economy was still struggling when the 9/11 terrorist attacks devastated the economy and there was negative economic growth in that quarter. The recovery from that devastation didn’t really start until the Bush tax rate cuts took effect in 2003. Once again the liberal media falsely characterized the Bush across-the-board tax rate cuts as “tax cut for the rich.”
I will use January 2002, the low point following the 9/11 attacks, as the basis for the remainder of this essay.
Here are the employment numbers for January 2002:
- The non-institutional civilian population was 213.1 million
- The Labor Force was 141.4 million
- 133.5 million Americans were employed
- Unemployment rate was 5.6%
Here are the employment numbers for January 2007 when the Democrats took control of Congress:
- The non-institutional civilian population was 230.7 million
- The Labor Force was 153.0 million
- 146 million Americans were employed
- Unemployment rate was 4.6%
Because of the economic boom triggered by the Bush tax rate cuts 12.5 million jobs were created between January 2002 and January 2007 and the unemployment rate dropped from 5.6% and 4.6%.
Now, let’s look at the most recent employment numbers for December 2011:
- The non-institutional civilian population was 240.6 million
- The Labor Force was 153.9 million
- 140.8 million Americans were employed
- Unemployment rate was 8.5%
Since the Democrats took control of Congress in January 2007, 6.2 million Americans lost their jobs and the unemployment rate shot up to a phony 8.5%. I say phony because while the non-institutional civilian population increased by nearly 10 million between January 2007 and December 2011, but the Labor Force only increased by less than one million. That indicates that about 9 million Americans had left the Labor Force since January 2007. If those 9 million people had remained in the Labor Force, the real unemployment rate would be more like 13%.
Of course, the liberal media never reported the employment gains resulting from the economic boom following the Bush tax rate cuts. Moreover, they haven’t reported the job losses that have occurred since the Democrats took control of Congress in January 2007.
There were large spending increases following the 9/11 terrorist attacks mainly due to fighting the War on Terror and the rebuilding of the military following 8 years of neglect under Clinton.
The peak deficit between FY2002 and FY2007 (the last fiscal year that President Bush had a Republican Congress) was $417 billion which occurred in FY2004. By FY2007, the deficit had dropped to $161 billion and the national debt in FY2007 was $5.0 TRILLION.
The current deficit is $1.6 TRILLION, a ten-fold increase since the Democrats took control of Congress. The current national debt is $15.2 TRILLION, more than triple the national debt when the Democrats took control of Congress.
Again, the liberal media has never reported those massive increases in spending and debt since January 2007.
So, it’s easy to see that the liberal media are guilty of both lies of commission and lies of omission.
Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Dept of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis
FY2012 Budget Historical Tables available for download in pdf format from the Government Printing Office