Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Numbers and Words

We are verbal or a word related society. Things would be so much clearer if instead, we were a mathematical or numbers society. Words can have many interpretations, but mathematical equations generally only have one right answer and there are no grey areas. The answers to math problems are generally right or wrong. But my interpretation of a book, play, or the constitution can be vastly different than others. In fact, if everyone in the United States read the constitution you would get 315 million different interpretations. Here is one of Bohan’s Laws: “Political statements without corroboration of facts, data, and solutions are merely divisive opinions and propaganda whose purpose is to find fault and contort public opinion with misinformation.”

Our convoluted judicial system is a prime example of a vastly different interpretation of words or the law. A person can be put on trial in the same district, but the outcome can vary by changing a single variable: the judge, the jury, or the lawyers. This is a travesty of justice. It simply does not make sense that people committing the same crime are given different sentences. What if the sentence of all criminals (across the United States) was carried out by a single computer program instead of a judge? Criminals committing the same crime would receive the same sentence (given their prior offenses were also identical). A computer program and numbers do not discriminate and eliminate human error. Numbers do not see ethnicity, race, religion, or political ideology and are therefore unbiased. A computer program can also be devised to find guilt or innocence. I will not go into the details here, but it would not be very difficult to create a point system for credible evidence. And yes, this can be done without violating a person’s right to due process in the constitution.

Words are never a good solution to any complex problem. We would have no technology – no TVs, no cell phones, no computers, no cars etc. – if we used words to innovate, create, and invent. Words do not build society – numbers do. To solve complex technical problems we use numbers and equations. Numbers are precise and accurate whereas words can have multiple meanings, different spellings, and can be written and spoken in 100 different languages (can anyone say lost in translation). Think about it, there are only 10 unique numbers and they are universally defined around the globe – the true universal language. On the other hand, there are thousands of different letters from hundreds of different languages. The definition of logic suggests the use of science and methods or principles of reason. One may deduce that a statement of words can be a method of reason. Maybe, but that is debatable, whereas a system of equations is clearly a logical process. If a statement, word, book, movie, or document can be interpreted hundreds of different ways, then how is that logical? Logical or illogical by definition mean that something is true or false, period. In the digital world true or false is defined as a 1 or 0, respectively. All statements in a program or flow chart must be true or false (yes or no; 1 or 0). There is no maybe or some irrelevant explanation. Numbers are as simple as that. There is no question that the art of language is more complex than numbers. But language experts would tell you differently. Even mathematical models using chaos theory (like predicting the weather) have some semblance of order or trends that can be somewhat predicable. Words are never predictable. I certainly cannot predict what people are going say or write (I may guess correctly for instance, I can predict Obama may blame Bush in his next speech). I think less than one in every 1000 people visualize problems and solutions in numerical formats - the rest use words. This is the big reason why we are polarized as a society. Words may not seem confusing, but when each person can have a unique interpretation of the constitution, this is a problem. Interpretations are merely biased opinions and nothing good can come from that because opinions are not solutions. Think about it, when was the last time you had a failure in communication, I bet it was over words and not numbers (because your computer or phone was broke).

A numbered base society could eliminate grey areas created by the opinions of lawyers and judges. In fact, it could eliminate the need for lawyers and judges all together. Besides, anyone can be a lawyer since the only prerequisite appears to be having a diverse opinion. Yes, the laws of localities, states, and of the nation can be computerized. Yes, a program can be written to interpret the constitution, but that would be an ugly fight. Imagine (my take on John Lennon’s song) a country without politicians, lobbyists, lawyers, and even a president. It sounds good to me, but I know the 99.9% of our verbal society would disagree (they will take exception using the technology that numbers, not words created – computers and phones). It is not that far-fetched of an idea; sporting events are now using technology to eliminate judging or human errors made by umpires and referees during professional hockey, baseball, basketball, and football games. I am not suggesting eliminating language and words, I merely suggesting that numbers should play a bigger role in society decisions – not just words.

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Obama’s Lowlights (1/30/12)

SPOA and PIPA – Most politicians, on both sides of the isle, are now against the House’s Stop Piracy Online Act and the Senate’s Protect Intellectual Property Act because these bills violate free speech. Hollywood elites (you know the ones that want to pay higher taxes) support this legislation because it protects their work from being stolen and sold online.

Tourism - The tourism initiative is part of an executive order Obama signed. Its goal is to boost non-immigrant visa processing capacity in China and Brazil by 40 percent this year; expand a Visa Waiver Program that allows participating nationals to travel to the U.S. for stays of 90 days or less without a visa; appoint a new group of chief executives to the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board; and direct an interagency task force to develop recommendations for a National Travel and Tourism Strategy, including promoting national parks and other sites. This is just what Americans need - more government bureaucracy and intervention.

Gas Prices – Here is the latest regulatory power grab proposed by House Democrats: The Gas Price Spike Act, H.R. 3784, would apply a windfall tax on the sale of oil and gas that ranges from 50 percent to 100 percent on all surplus earnings exceeding "a reasonable profit." It would set up a Reasonable Profits Board made up of three presidential nominees that will serve three-year terms. What’s worse, the Democrats propose this legislation at a time when gas prices are at historical highs for this time of the year.

Keystone Pipeline - Though the president just rejected a permit for the controversial project, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman told Fox News that he expects to send the Obama administration a new proposed route for the pipeline well before Election Day.

New York Times - Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is refusing to pen an op-ed piece for The New York Times, signaling the degree to which he is fed up with the influential newspaper’s editorial policy on Israel.

Texas - The Supreme Court on Friday threw out electoral maps drawn by liberal federal judges in Texas that favored minorities. The decision ultimately could affect control of the U.S. House of Representatives and leaves the fate of Texas' April primaries unclear.

Housing Market - Existing home sales rose in December to an 11-month high while the supply of available homes dropped to a seven-year low. 

Solyndra – CBS caught the defunct solar panel company destroying millions of dollars in assets (glass tubing) they no longer needed.

Bain Capital – In the last three election cycles Bain employees have donated 1.2 million to Democratic campaigns, but only 480 thousand to Republican campaigns.

Egypt – The extreme Muslim Brotherhood Party won a large majority of the seats in Egypt’s Parliament.

Nigeria – Islamist extremists killed 178 people in the Nigerian city of Kano this past week.

Syria - The UN says that more than 5,000 have died since protests against President Bashar al-Assad erupted last March. Why did Obama intervene in Libya and not Syria? Syria (they have ties to Iran) is more of a national security risk than Libya!

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Friday, January 27, 2012


The older I become the more disappointed I am with human behavior. Sure I am disappointed with the performance of our President and Congress (that is obvious to anyone who reads my blog). And I am not just disappointed in Obama; I was also disappointed in many aspects of the performance by his predecessor – GW Bush. But I am more disappointed with general human behavior – people have become shallow and narrow minded - seemingly more influenced by political jargon and talking points outlined by amateur media pundits. People, in general, have become less responsible and chose to live in the past by blaming everyone else for what is wrong with their lives – just like politicians. For instance, it is someone else’s fault when we are in debt and cannot pay the bills (this is true whether it is individual, corporate, or government debt).

I recently stopped participating on Facebook. I tried to join the narcissistic generation, but after a year the disappointment in lack of original thought and innovativeness forced me to stop participating. Remember, Facebook was created by a few social illiterates who can only communicate behind the face of technology. These people cannot communicate face to face or even over the phone, so they developed a way around their social retarded ways. Now, the globe is becoming socially retarded. Do not get me wrong, I have no issue hearing about what friends are up to (as long as it is not a constant daily update) or hearing their about their opinions. Facebook participants tend to post a link to an article that expresses their beliefs. The problem with this is that these articles are always from some opinionated news source: NY Times, Huffington Post, Fox News, MSNBC, and so forth. What disenfranchises me is that Facebook participants fail to provide their original thoughts about the article subject matter, a synopsis, or even an analysis as to why they liked the article. And what’s worse, 99% of these articles are not only highly opinionated and polarizing; they are not backed up with facts or data. In fact, very rarely are reasonable solutions proposed to solve the problem addressed in the subject matter, instead the authors of these articles like to place blame or fault. To make matters worse yet, most of the journalists and media pundits are giving opinions on topics they have absolutely no expertise: green technology, climate change, or food additives to name a few examples. But society, and my friends included, seems to think what they read or watch is gospel. And if all this is not bad enough, everyone in society thinks they are an expert on everything – the Iraq War, enhanced interrogation techniques, global warming and so on (armchair politicians). Everyone is 100% correct while adversaries are 100% wrong and there is no room to compromise.

I may agree with certain opinions of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, or Glenn Beck, but I came to those conclusions by investigating facts and data (not reading polarizing and biased articles by self-proclaimed experts). I do not watch these pundits because they are polarizing and do not back up their opinions with solid arguments based on data.

I do not care if someone disagrees with my ideologies or philosophies, but I expect people to back it up with original thought, innovation, data, and facts – not a link to some article written by a polarized journalist, media pundit, Hollywood star, or politician. And I expect to hear innovative solutions to problems instead of living in the past by placing fault and blame. Is this too much to ask or expect? It is hard to believe we live in a society of know-it-alls, but we cannot debate or talk about problems and issues from a solution based approach instead of dwelling on past mistakes. Today, a typical debate over an issue generally includes insinuating adversaries are extremists, Nazi’s, or racists. When will this nonsense stop?

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Obama’s Lowlights (1/26/12)

UN - Thousands of Haitians are dead thanks to a deadly, highly contagious strain of cholera. The disease was introduced by a Nepalese peacekeeping force sent to Haiti by the UN following the deadly 2010 earthquake.

Religion – As the 2012 election cycle begins, the Obama’s have started to attend church more regularly. This is no coincidence because the President is trying to appeal to Christians – but this is obviously nothing more than a political ploy.

Newsweek – Newsweek’s cover article this past week was entitled “Why Are Obama’s Critics So Dumb?” And yet, Newsweek proclaims to be an unbiased media source.

Canada - The Harper government is looking to increase petroleum exports to China, but those hopes are very much pinned on the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline project currently under review by the National Energy Board. Harper will visit China next month. Harper has no choice but to find a new energy trade partner since the Obama administration will not agree to the building of the Alberta to Texas oil pipeline (Keystone Pipeline).

Congress – Congress passed 80 bills in 2011, this is the least amount in U.S. history. This is good news because less is better these days.

Obama’s Ego – Barack will conduct his 2012 Democratic nomination acceptance speech in a football stadium (home of the Carolina Panthers in the NFL – Capacity of 75,000). Obama also unveiled his first 2012 reelection TV ad touting his pro energy agenda.

School Food - A new study of nearly 20,000 middle schoolers has found that kids who attend schools that sell junk food such as soda and doughnuts do not gain more weight than students who attend schools where that type of food isn't available. The study concluded that the home environment has more impact on obesity than the school environment. This is another good example of why government interference into our daily lives is not only wrong, but it does not work.

Bain Capital - Jeffrey Zients will serve as President Obama's new acting director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), but the president's decision might undercut attacks on Republican Mitt Romney's career as a venture capitalist, because Zients and Romney are both alumni of Bain & Company.

Occupy DC - Someone threw a smoke bomb over the White House fence last week, according to the Secret Service. The incident took place during an Occupy DC rally outside the White House. About 1,000 protesters participated in the rally and of course, no one was arrested.

Media – Here is a recent poll conducted by the liberal PPP polling service: Fox is the most trusted TV news source for 34% of voters, followed by PBS at 17%, CNN at 12%, ABC News at 11%, CBS News at 8%, MSNBC at 5%, and Comedy Central and NBC each at 4%.

Tax – Pelosi continues to push for a tax on the wealthy; this time to pay for a national tax free holiday.

Fast and Furious - Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa is back on the Fast and Furious trail and announced the issuance of a new subpoena this past week to Chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S Attorney's Office for Arizona Patrick Cunningham. The subpoena was necessary after Cunningham refused to testify. When on the stand, Cunningham pleaded the fifth.

Abortion – ABC News reports from 2003 to 2008, the abortion rate per 1,000 women of childbearing age (15 to 44) changed slightly, from 29 to 28 per 1,000 women. But the proportion of unsafe abortions that took place across the world rose 44 percent in 1995 to 49 percent in 2008.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Obama Unveils Economic Blueprint: Fairness

"We can go in two directions," the president said. "One is toward less opportunity and less fairness. Or we can fight for where I think we need to go: building an economy that works for everyone, not just a wealthy few." Obama said he will concentrate on four areas designed to restore economic security for the long term: manufacturing, energy, education, job training and a "return to American values." Let’s evaluate this statement:

The Obama job training program primarily consists of extending unemployment benefits to 99 weeks. Is this fair?

The Obama energy plan has been to squander taxpayer money on failing “green” energy companies while avoiding increasing oil production at home. The result is record high gas prices (for winter season) and energy costs. Is this fair?

The Obama education plan is the “Race to the Top”, which has never been passed by Congress. In fact, to implement the policy the White House has been bribing cashed strapped states to begin their educational vision (Race to the Top) in order to receive federal funding. Is this fair? What is the motivation for children to go to school if everyone is going to be granted a “fair” share of income during their lives?

Obama’s vision of “American Values” is a nation dependent on government assistance. Under Obama, American poverty rates and reliance on welfare programs has risen to record per capita levels. Is this fair?

Obama’s vision of American manufacturing and education is to promote and increase union enrollment. And what is the goal of unions? To protect bad employees with both unrealistic benefits and pay. Is this fair?

Is it fair that “green” companies receive taxpayer money while other companies receive the wrath of regulations and rules implemented by the EPA?

Is it fair that some companies and organizations are receiving a waiver from ObamaCare while others are not? In fact, every liberal law or policy is never applied equally or fairly to all corporations, organizations, and or citizens. For instance, wind farms are not fined for killing endangered birds, but oil companies are.

Is it fair that “dead beats” receive extended unemployment benefits, ObamaCare and other welfare handouts that have to be paid for by hardworking Americans?

Is it fair that people who bought a house they could not afford are getting bailed out by hardworking Americans?

Is it fair that union employees receive better benefits and pay at the expense of other hardworking Americans?

Is it fair to reward irresponsibility and punish accountability?

Is it fair to portray a class of people and corporations as evil, especially since they already pay a majority of all tax revenues?

Since when has “American Values” or the “American Dream” been to receive something that was not earned? Is this a new constitutional right?

Face it; there is nothing “fair” about the Obama economic blueprint.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Is the U.S. Visa System Broken?

One thing that Republican presidential candidates can agree upon (and most Democrats for that matter) is that the U.S. visa system is broken and needs to be fixed. In particular, the H-1B system is broken, which “allows employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations”. Specialty occupations include architecture, engineering, mathematics, physical sciences, social sciences, biotechnology, medicine, education, law, accounting, theology, and the arts. Many of these occupations are a dying breed for U.S. citizens hence, corporations’ only recourse is to hire foreigners to do these types of jobs.

Our immigration department allows up to 65 thousand H-1B visas annually. An H-1B visa is for 3 years and can be extended to 6 years, but by that time, most H-1B visa recipients have earned their green card and or have already become citizens of the United States. There are other types of visas that foreigners can obtain to gain temporary work status in the United States that are similar to H-1B visas including L1, TN-1, E3, H-1B1, and H-2B visas. Yes, the U.S. visa system is complicated and needs to be reformed and made more simplistic.

In 2008, 276 thousand H-1B visas and extensions where granted. In 2009, 214 thousand H-1B visas and extensions where granted. In 2010, 117 thousand H-1B visas and extensions where granted. Obviously these numbers are much more than the supposed cap of 65 thousand H-1B visas annually, but increasing the allotment of visas is necessary so companies can fill employment vacancies where U.S. citizens fail to meet the employment requirements. In 2001, a record 331 thousand H-1B visas and extensions where granted – over 5 times the capped limit.

Interestingly, the only solution that politicians on both sides of aisle can agree upon about the U.S. visa problem is to increase the cap from 65 thousand to ensure our technical companies and our medical institutions are getting the talent they need to properly conduct business and ensure Americans have the best medical treatment options available. To increase the visa cap may sound like a reasonable solution, but they are missing the point and real issue at hand. Besides, the H-1B visa cap is raised yearly without political intervention in the form of new legislation.

In 1994, the ratio of American born engineers to foreign born engineers working at U.S. companies was 6.2 to 1. By 2006, that ratio was cut in half to 3.1 to 1! Today, it is estimated the ratio may be as low as 2 to 1. From 1994 to 2006 this equated to nearly 800 thousand more jobs for foreign born engineers. Remember, this is just engineers and does include other H-1B visa jobs such as those in the medical profession – which incidentally is also being dominated by foreign born persons. This means millions of jobs being created by U.S. companies each decade are not going to U.S. citizens.

What is the root cause of this issue? It is obvious; our school systems are failing to develop technical professionals in the fields of math and science. Yet, instead of trying to develop advanced learners in our school systems to obtain these jobs, our solution is to make sure these jobs go to foreign born students – who incidentally get educated at U.S. universities and master their trades at U.S. corporations before moving back home to compete against U.S. companies.

We have had unemployment near 9% for the past two years and only 15% of college graduates are receiving jobs. This is a huge problem, but our politicians fail to see this as an issue. Our educational system (K-12) spends billions on education, but most of that money is spent on trying to elevate test scores of underachieving students instead of focusing on elevating overachieving students to higher learning levels. Face it; the primary emphasis or educational system is to ensure both advanced and digressed students meet the minimum proficiency requirements on standardized tests. The bottom line is bureaucrats only care if a student passes or fails the minimum requirements for reading and math and that is it! This is not education; instead this is a recipe for failure – mediocrity at best.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Obama’s Lowlights (1/23/12)

ObamaCare - Michael Bloomberg is set to unveil his latest attempt to improve public health - cutting down on New Yorkers' alcohol consumption. The city's mayor is planning to close liquor stores and restrict alcohol advertising, according to a leaked strategy document. Such a move would be the latest salvo in Mr Bloomberg's public health campaign, which has previously seen him take aim at smoking, trans fats and salty food. What’s worse, this program will be partly funded by ObamaCare.

Debbie Wassermann Schultz – Her latest video moment came this past week when she blamed the Tea Party for the Giffords shooting.

EPA - Power plants released 72 percent of the greenhouse gases reported to the Environmental Protection Agency for 2010, according to information released last week that was the first catalog of global warming pollution by facility. The data include more than 6,700 of the largest industrial sources of greenhouse gases, or about 80 percent of total U.S. emissions. What a waste of taxpayer money!

Economic Freedom - The Heritage Foundation, in cahoots with the WSJ, has tracked countries' progress in their Index of Economic Freedom and the U.S. is only ranked tenth.

Obama Campaign – Obama introduced his “Runway to Win” clothing line with the help of high end designers which includes t-shirts going for 50 dollars.

DOJ - “We conclude that while Congress can prevent the president from making any recess appointments by remaining continuously in session and available to receive and act on nominations, it cannot do so by conducting pro forma sessions during a recess,” the head of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel, Virginia Seitz, wrote in a 23-page opinion.

Planned Parenthood - The taxpayer funded abortion factory Planned Parenthood is making millions in profits, specifically at the expense of minorities and teenagers, seems to think a woman seeing her baby before making the ultimate decision to end her pregnancy is an “abhorrent” standard.

Mercedes - The luxury car company is using the communist mass murderer Che Guevara as inspiration to launch the company into a "green" future to sell cars with fewer emissions.

Commander in Chief – Michael Hastings, from Rolling Stone Magazine, wrote that Obama complained about the amount of pictures and autographs he had to sign when on a visit to inspect our troops in Bagdad.

Rand Paul - The Kentucky Republican Senator and tea-party favorite said Thursday he’s returning $500,000 to the U.S. Treasury — money from his operating budget that his office never spent.

Elizabeth Warren – The Massachusetts Senate wannabe hauled in an eye-popping $5.7 million the last three months of 2011 — refused to swear off Wall Street money yesterday, instead claiming that any money she gets from deep-pocketed financiers is coming from those who “want reform.” Remember, Warren claimed to have started the Occupy movement.

Green Energy Investing - CBS News' Sharyl Attkisson, who is already in hot water with the Obamites for daring to report accurately about Fast & Furious, has filed a new report detailing eleven "new Solyndras."  These companies were given billions in taxpayer subsidies, despite serious financial problems, and have subsequently (and predictably) gone bust.

Employment - In the 30 months since the recession officially ended (GDP Growth), nearly 1 million people have dropped out of the labor force — they aren't working, and they aren't looking — according to data from Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. In the past two months, the labor force shrank by 170,000.

S&P – The ratings company will downgrade the credit ratings of France, Spain, Austria, and Portugal.

Consolidation – Obama is seeking permission from Congress to consolidate government agencies. This is a great idea, but the power to do so should not fall on only one person.

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Education Mediocrity: The Grade System

The biggest problems facing the education system are its emphasis on standardized testing; the focus on underachieving students; and the shift to mass educational methods. Standardized testing fails students for many reasons. First, teachers and schools focus on teaching to the test and lose focus on other academic subjects including history, geography, and specials (i.e. art, physical education, home economics, music). Secondly, most standardized tests focus only on meeting a minimum set of requirements instead of testing for maximum achievement. Thirdly, students are graded on one test that takes a few hours. Everyone is entitled to a bad day, but not in our school system. All of these reasons equate to a formula for underachievement and mediocrity.

A perfect example of the educational system focusing on underachieving students is Title I. Under Title I the federal government provides funding to school districts so they can hire special educational teachers whose emphasis is to help underachieving students. On the other hand, very few educational dollars are spent on addressing advanced students’ needs. Unfortunately, a great number of advanced students are bored in school because teachers are too busy trying to elevate the level of underachieving students. I am not saying schools should not try to help underachieving students, but equal money and time should go to advanced students. The focus of school systems to solely help underachieving students is also a formula for underachievement and mediocrity.

What is the underlying issue causing underachievement and mediocrity in our educational system? The grade system! The grade system was set up as a means to mass educate children. Unfortunately, this system makes the assumption that children within the same age group learn at the same rate and in the same manner. This is obviously not true! A better model would be to eliminate the grade system and place students in learning pods or what educators refer to as a “standards-based learning” system. For instance, a level 1 pod for reading may consist of students anywhere from age 5 to 8 whereas, a level 7 pod for reading may consist of students between the ages of 8 to 14. Students can move up a level in a few weeks, months, or years depending on when students meet the minimum proficiency requirements. In other words, student advancement is not restricted to the yearly basis per the current grade level system. Also, the “non-grade level” structure allows students to advance at different rates depending on the subject matter. For example, one particular student may be in level 3 reading, but at the same time they may be in level 8 math and science. Meanwhile, teachers can focus on a specific subject matter to teach as well as focusing on teaching groups of students that are equally challenged because they have the same ability. Under a standards-based learning system students are not frustrated with work that is too hard or bored because the subject matter is too easy. This type of learning system empowers and motivates students to move to the next level. This is an environment which fosters maximum learning because both underachieving and overachieving students obtain equal emphasis in the learning process. This is the easiest way to maximize educational dollars while at the same time maximizing test scores. After all, it is a proven fact that advanced students learn at a faster rate than underachieving students. Once educators realize that not all students are college material they will come to realization that a standards-based learning system works best coupled with a good vocational program in high school.

Of course a change to a standards based learning system will face scrutiny from bureaucrats and oblivious parents will object. Yes, the proposal has flaws, but it is better than the current system that has been ineffective and continues to fail millions of young Americans. The Adams County Colorado school district began a similar educational system three years ago. Adams County made the shift to a standards-based learning system after they were placed on the “academic watch list”. Since changing to the standards-based learning system test scores have been on the rise in Adams County.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Obama’s Lowlights (1/19/12)

Iran – The AP Reports “Iran has begun uranium enrichment at a new underground site well protected from possible airstrikes.”

Housing Market - New York Fed President William C. Dudley said in New Jersey yesterday that “additional housing policy interventions” can help boost growth.

The Obamas – NY Times’ Jodi Kantor’s new book about the first family (The Obamas) wrote "[staff] wondered: was the president using his wife to convey what he felt?" Also, "White House officials were so nervous about how a splashy, Hollywood-esque party would look to jobless Americans — or their representatives in Congress, who would soon vote on health care — that the event was not discussed publicly and Burton's and Depp's contributions went unacknowledged," Kantor writes.

Chuck Schumer – The NY senator has blamed a rash of pharmacy robberies and murders on pain killers and not the criminals themselves.

Pelosi – The House Minority Leader is encouraging Obama to focus his campaign on a “Do-nothing Congress”.

Solyndra - Speaking on "Fox News Sunday," this past week Wasserman Schultz said the president wasn't the CEO of Solyndra and therefore, has no responsibility for the job losses even though the administration poured over 500 million dollars into the defunct company.

Fast and Furious - ATF Deputy Director Tom Brandon has suspended ATF Assistant Director of the Office of Professional Responsibility and Security Operations Bill McMahon, ATF Acting Deputy Director Billy Hoover and ATF Assistant Director in Charge of Field Operations Mark Chait until further notice from their cushy ATF management positions as the investigation into Operation Fast and Furious, of which McMahon, Hoover and Chait were heavily involved in.

William Daley – The White House Chief of Staff is stepping down at the end of the month and being replaced by budget director Jack Lew. Daley has only been on the job for a year. And let’s not forget the pork barrel spending budget proposal submitted by Obama and Lew last year which was shot down in the Senate 98 – 0?

Debt and GDP - The amount of money the federal government owes to its creditors, combined with IOUs to government retirement and other programs, now tops $15.23 trillion. That's roughly equal to the value of all goods and services the U.S. economy produces in one year: $15.17 trillion as of September, the latest estimate. Private projections show the economy likely grew to about $15.3 trillion by December — a level the debt is likely to surpass this month.

Big Brother - Under the National Operations Center (NOC)’s Media Monitoring Initiative that came out of DHS headquarters in November, Washington has the written permission to retain data on users of social media and online networking platforms.

Fidel Castro – Nobody really cares what Castro thinks, but thought it was funny that he thought a robot would be better than Obama as president.

Domestic Policy Council – Obama appointed immigration amnesty / open borders proponent Cecilia Munoz to control domestic policy.

Van Jones – He declared Martin Luther King as the original “Occupier”. We are so fortunate to have such a great history teacher in Van Jones at our disposal.

Texas Pro Life - A federal court has upheld the requirement that doctors give women an ultrasound before performing an abortion.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

If You Believe, Then …. (Part II)

  • If you believe in diversity, then you should not be angry when jobs go overseas because education standards are lowered.
  • If you believe in climate change, then why do you support renewable energies which are dependent on climate and stable weather patterns (renewable energy sources will obviously be rendered obsolete if weather patterns change)?
  • If you believe in entitlements, then why do you support abortion (entitlements require a large taxpayer base to sustain them)?
  • If you believe in expanding entitlements for more Americans, then how does the government sustain this burden if the taxpayer base to pay for entitlements is shrinking?
  • If you believe in taxing the wealthy more, then what tax rate do you find acceptable for them? Keep in mind if the government taxed the top 1% at a 100% rate, it would not account for paying off one third of our national debt this year alone. Also, most analysis show that a tax rate higher than 35% (local, state, and federal combined) reduces incentives to earn more and therefore, lowers economic growth and lowers employment (Laffer Effect).
  • If you believe education, food, housing, and healthcare should be free then how do you propose to pay for it (these items account for over one half of U.S. GDP)?
  • If you believe everyone should be a vegan, then how do you propose to feed the global population if over half of its food supply is off limits (keep in mind that today, one third of the worlds’ population is already underfed)?
  • If you believe the government is the answer to our problems, then why are they so far in debt (hint – waste, fraud, redundancy, and bureaucracy)?
  • If you do not believe in food additives, chemicals, and growth hormones, then how do you propose we meet the demand of feeding 315 million people in the U.S alone (this is an economic problem based on supply and demand)?
  • If you believe in gun ownership restrictions, then amend the Constitution.
  • If you believe corporations are greedy and evil, then why do you use the products they produce?
  • If you believe in lowering the costs of healthcare, then why are you unhealthy?
  • If you believe that CO2 is causing manmade climate change, then why is your lifestyle and personal footprint emitting CO2?
  • If you believe the economy is doing poorly, then why do you support cap and trade policies?
  • If you choose not to work and to be unproductive, then what you gives you the right to accept income from hard working and productive Americans?
  • If you do not believe in big government, then you should not accept any help from any government agencies.
  • If you believe waterboarding violates civil liberties, then why do you think it is acceptable to execute enemies and innocent civilians (i.e. al Awlaki, bin Laden, drone attacks)?
  • If you believe Citizens United was a poor decision because money is not free speech, then explain how burning the American Flag is free speech (money is just as much a freedom of expression as burning the American flag)?
  • If you do not believe the Iraq war was necessary because they were not a threat to our national security, then why was our involvement in Libya acceptable?
  • If you do not believe in God and religion, then you should not accept any charity from religious organizations.
  • If you believe in something, then you should practice what you preach and if you must complain about something, then offer solutions without placing blame.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

If You Believe, Then ….. (Part I)

  • If you believe in science and the theory of evolution, then why can’t you believe evolution is God’s plan?
  • If you believe in evolution and survival of the fittest, then why do you believe in welfare and helping the poor?
  • If you believe in evolution and survival of the fittest, then why do you believe in rewarding irresponsible behavior and penalize responsible behavior?
  • If you believe in evolution, then what makes you think we can alter climate change?
  • If you believe that painting the roofs of our homes white will cool the planet, then why do you think CO2 is causing hotter climates (roof painting does nothing to reduce CO2 concentrations in the air)?
  • If you believe ocean levels are rising due to climate change, then why rebuild New Orleans (a city that resides -10 feet below sea level) and why are coastal areas the fastest growing areas not only in the U.S., but around the globe?
  • If you believe CO2 is causing global warming, then why are most studies focused on Arctic regions where climate change effects should be minimal based on environmentalists’ claims? Remember, Artic CO2 concentrations are very low (earth’s gravitation pull is less), artic snow and ice reflect heat, and there is a lack of population and infrastructure to absorb heat.
  • If you believe in protecting endangered species, then you may consider allowing humans to eat them (most animals eaten by humans are plentiful – cattle, deer, chickens, turkeys, etc.).
  • If you do not believe hunting is necessary, then you probably never realized that a large portion of Americans count on hunting to feed their families.
  • If you believe in the fairness doctrine, then you cannot truly believe in free speech.
  • If you believe in the fairness doctrine, then why are you against applying the doctrine to other media outlets such as the internet, TV, and even our schools?
  • If you must protest something, then do it a lawful and respectful manner.
  • If you believe in separation of Church and State (which, incidentally is not in the Constitution), then why don’t you believe in separation of State with ANY organization or company – this too is a conflict of interest and welcomes lobbyists and quid pro quo crony politics?
  • If you believe in multiculturalism, then why don’t agree with assimilation - remember language in the biggest barrier for cultures to integrate?
  • If you believe in diversity policies, then why do you agree with entitlement policies, which promote the segregation of minorities and the poor in our inner cities (and the segregation of Native-Americans on reservations)?
  • If you believe in green energy and everyone should own a home, then you should not be angry when these economic bubbles burst and cause a recession.
  • If you believe in the economic stability of our nation, then you should never elect anyone to any government post that does not have business experience.
  • If you believe in diversity policies, then why do you believe in the evolution theory survival of the fittest?
  • If you believe in climate change, then you must have seen and understand the complex scientific and mathematical models used to predict future outcomes (a picture of a Polar Bear on a melting ice float is not science)?
  • If you are wealthy and believe the government should raise your taxes then why don’t you donate money to the government to pay off our debt (there is a government program for this) and or eliminate your tax write offs?
  • If you believe in unions, then you should not be angry when jobs go overseas and education standards are lowered.
  • If you believe in mining lithium and cobalt to make car batteries, then why are against drilling for oil (much smaller footprint)?
  • If you believe that corporate CEOs are greedy and evil, then why don’t believe Washington politicians are the same? Most Washington politicians exit the profession as multi-millionaires on modest salaries because they are exempt from insider trading laws and they sell political intelligence.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Obama’s Lowlights (1/16/12)

Economy – Unemployment dropped from 8.6% to 8.5% for December as the economy added 200 thousand new jobs. Although the numbers are moving in the right direction, the workforce size is still decreasing to make these numbers look better.

Marion Barry - Marion Barry, former four-term DC mayor is running for office again. DC residents may remember some of the highlights of his career, including tax evasion, smoking crack on video, and improperly awarding a contract to his girlfriend (and later stalking her). Now he is running to represent Ward 8 on the DC Council.

Credit Cards - "Rates currently are the highest since we've been tracking them," says Ben Woolsey, director of marketing for CreditCards.com, which has tracked card rates every week for the past four years. The average rate nationally right now, based on new card offers by 100 of the most popular issuers in the U.S., stands at 15.14 percent, up from 14.75 percent six months ago. I am so glad Congress passed the Credit Card legislation 3 years ago!

Military - The Obama administration last week unveiled a new military strategy that shifts the Pentagon’s focus towards Asia and says the country’s dire budget problems necessitate a more restrained use of military force and more modest foreign policy goals (a smaller military).

Green Hypocrisy - The federal government is proposing to grant a first-of-its-kind permit that would allow the developer of a central Oregon wind-power project to legally kill golden eagles, a regulatory move being closely watched by conservationists.

Recess Appointments? - We're not going to use signing statements to make an end-run around Congress!" - President Obama, May 20, 2008. That's not all; President Obama appropriated his authority as a constitutional law professor to denounce President Bush's use of signing statements as unconstitutional. So now, the question is: Was he wrong then, or is he acting against the Constitution now, in his post as Chief Executive? Technically, Congress was in session when Obama made these appointments.

Federal Pay - The White House will propose a 0.5 percent pay increase for civilian federal employees as part of its 2013 budget proposal.

ObamaCare – The final waiver count was 1,231, which covers about 4 million people across the country.

EPA - For the first time, the federal government is regulating big-rigs, RV's, and tractor-trailers in much the same way it's held car makers to rigorous fuel efficiency standards for decades.

Massachusetts - Another Kennedy is set to run for office. Joseph P. Kennedy III a prosecutor from Massachusetts, aims to replace retiring Democratic Rep. Barney Frank.

Fast and Furious - The Department of Justice has released documents suggesting the Bureau of Alcohol, Fire, Tobacco, and Explosives was fully aware of "gun-walking" in Mexico. 

Drugs – ABC reports roughly 200 million people worldwide use illicit drugs such as marijuana, amphetamines, cocaine and opioids each year, according to a new study. The figure represents about one in 20 people between the ages of 15 and 64.

California – They are now trying to regulate when people get oil changes for their cars.

Eugene Robinson – The liberal columnist criticized how the Santorum’s handled the death of their still born child – what a classy guy.

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Friday, January 13, 2012

How a Stimulus Package Works

I received this from a friend and found it very funny and true at the same time:

It is a slow day in the small Saskatchewan town of Pumphandle, and streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody is living on credit.  A tourist visiting the area drives through town, stops at the motel, and lays a $100 bill on the desk saying he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs to pick one for the night.
As soon as he walks upstairs, the motel owner grabs the bill and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.
The butcher takes the $100 and runs down the street to retire his debt to the pig farmer.
The pig farmer takes the $100 and heads off to pay his bill to his supplier, the Co-op.
The guy at the Co-op takes the $100 and runs to pay his debt to the local prostitute, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer her "services" on credit.
The hooker rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill with the hotel owner.
The hotel proprietor then places the $100 back on the counter so the traveler will not suspect anything.
At that moment the traveler comes down the stairs, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, picks up the $100 bill and leaves.
No one produced anything. No one earned anything... However, the whole town is now out of debt and now looks to the future with a lot more optimism.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how a Stimulus package works!

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Obama’s Lowlights (1/12/12)

Iran – According Reuters: Iran claimed this past week it had successfully test-fired what it described as two long-range missiles, flexing its military muscle in the face of mounting Western pressure over its nuclear program. In other news, “The daughter of influential former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was sentenced to jail and banned from political activities for "anti-state propaganda" dating back to the 2009 disputed presidential election, Iranian media reported.” Also, the European Union has agreed to ban Iranian crude oil imports. While the embargo date has not been established, the agreement comes on the heels of new financial sanctions imposed by United States. 

Wasserman-Schultz – The DNC head claims Obama will win in 2012 “because of his policies”. In reality, if Obama wins it will be because the Republican candidate is too weak. The DNC head also believes Obama has kept all his campaign promises including shutting down Gitmo.

Political Ideology – From Charles Lane in the Washington Post “Gallup recently asked Americans to rate their ideology on a liberal-to-conservative scale of 1 to 5. The average result was a right-of-center 3.3. More alarming for Obama, voters scored him at 2.3, to the left of center — and put Mitt Romney at 3.5. Every other GOP contender was to the right of the mean, except Jon Huntsman, who hit the ideological bull’s-eye. But even Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann came closer to the middle than Obama did.”

Campaign Strategy – The NY Times did a story outlining the Obama reelection strategy which includes demonizing Congress. I guess Obama still does not realize that Democrats hold the majority in the Senate.

Teacher Merit Based Pay – The NY Times reports “In the nation’s capital, the country’s most successful merit pay system is creating incentives for exceptional young teachers and other educators who might otherwise leave the field.” Now there is novel concept: pay the best performing teachers more. Unions certainly cannot be happy with the DC educational system’s decision to enforce this policy. After all, unions like to reward and protect seniority – even if the teacher is failing its students.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) - President Obama appointed Richard Cordray to head the controversial agency without Congressional approval. The CFPB was created under the Dodd – Frank financial reform legislation. The CFPB is chartered to regulate student loan providers, debt collectors, payday lenders and check cashers.

National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) - Obama appointed (recess appointments) three new members to the National Labor Relations Board, in a move that will empower unions and put businesses on the defensive. According to the Washington Post, the new members are Sharon Block, Terence Flynn, and Richard Grifin.

Boeing – From the AP: The Boeing Co. has told its employees that it plans to close its massive defense plant in Wichita Kansas by the end of 2013 in a bid to cut costs in a tight market for defense spending.

ObamaCare - Colorado Christian University is taking ObamaCare to federal court. The university claims the contraceptive mandate in ObamaCare violates the school's religious beliefs. 

Al Sharpton – His new catch phrase: “White wing extremism”. Does the race baiting ever end with Al?

Iraq – Violence and causalities continue to escalate since U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Welfare Case Study: New Orleans (Part II)

The “% Welfare” column (From the table posted in Part I of this blog yesterday) shows the percentage of the states’ tax revenue spent on welfare. The “Per Capita ($)” column shows how much welfare is spent on each person. Although the welfare spent per capita is going up, these numbers are negligible (fairly flat from 2005 to 2009 – the growth is less than inflation). The key statistic here is that the “% Welfare” statistic was going down immediately following Katrina until the recession hit in 2008. This means people were becoming less reliant on welfare, which coincidentally coincides with a quarter of a million people leaving the state (mostly from New Orleans) after Katrina hit in 2005.

The Heartland Institute did a study where they ranked each state in its ability to tackle poverty and welfare from 1996 to 2006. Louisiana ranked first in its ability to tackle poverty – which included an 85% reduction in the number of people on welfare. However, Louisiana received a failing grade (ranked 48th) for its welfare reform policies. Thus, Louisiana was successful in reducing the number of people reliant on welfare, but its welfare reform policies were bad. How can this happen? Katrina is a big reason. State and city welfare dependent blacks and whites fled their Katrina ravished neighborhoods and resettled in other regions around the country.

New Orleans offered residents, who needed work, job opportunities to rebuild the city after Katrina hit in 2005. Based on Census statistics, this did not happen. Instead, hardworking Hispanics (legal and illegal) moved into the city to take those construction jobs to rebuild the city. Even Mayor Ray Nagin has been outspoken about the influx of both legal and illegal Hispanics moving into the city. Nagin has been controversial by citing the city’s new multicultural mix may cause racial tensions.

Hence, it is easy to conclude that many of those government dependent inner city folks that were desperately trying to be rescued following Katrina, have turned down work in New Orleans in favor of showing up on the welfare payrolls in other states. Yes, this is also proof that illegal aliens will take jobs that lazy welfare dependent whites and blacks will not do at any cost. Thus, Louisiana and New Orleans are excellent examples of what happens when we create a welfare state. We create a population of people that not only refuses to work, but this mind set and philosophy is passed down to future generations. Hence, the number of people living in poverty dependent on government handouts increases annually. And more entitlements and freebies proposed by liberal politicians are not going to solve the problem of our growing welfare dependence. Meanwhile, the number of job opportunities for illegal aliens is increasing making border security issues more complex. For these reasons welfare is not only an economic problem bankrupting our nation, but a national security problem.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Welfare Case Study: New Orleans (Part I)

A lot can be learned from comparing the 2000 and the 2010 Census data for both Louisiana and New Orleans. There has been a dramatic shift in the demographic makeup of both the state and city – pre and post Katrina. I wrote in my book that a comparison of these demographics along with some other vital social data will tell us a lot about welfare and its effect on the people who accept these handouts. Below is a table outlining both the 2000 and 2010 Census data for New Orleans (Populations are in thousands of people):
















This data tells us that the population in New Orleans decreased by 30% over the decade with the black population decreasing by nearly 100 thousand people and the white population decreasing by 14 thousand people, but the Hispanic population grew by 5 thousand people. The Hispanic population does not include illegal aliens, which is estimated to be somewhere between 12 and 17 thousand people. This is a substantial increase of illegal aliens by 6 to 10 thousand people over the past decade. The next table shows how much the state of Louisiana pays out in welfare benefits – keep in mind that New Orleans residents receive a very high percentage of the states’ welfare handouts (numbers are in millions of people and billions of dollars):



Tax Revenue

Welfare Payment

% Welfare

Per Capita ($)











































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Monday, January 9, 2012

Obama’s Lowlights (1/9/12)

Gulf Coast – The region had record tourism numbers for 2011, which of course was a huge rebound following the catastrophic BP oil spill in 2010 that crippled the local economies.

Law Enforcement – 173 police officers were killed in the line of duty in 2011, which was a 13% increase over 2010. However, it is interesting to note that overall violent crime was down in 2011.

Hugo Chavez - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez hinted that the U.S. may be behind a “very strange” bout of cancer affecting several leaders aligned with him in South America (including himself).

California – Here are few new laws being enforced on businesses in the liberal state of California for 2012: Mandatory bereavement leave for employees and an injunction against employers being able to look at a potential employee's credit report before hiring -- as well as the requirement on local officials that union labor agreements must be used for publicly funded construction projects.

Taxes - A new report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development shows that in the middle of the last decade -- i.e., after the Bush tax cuts were introduced -- the U.S. income tax was about as strongly redistributive as income taxes in Canada, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden. You might have noticed that the CBO report on top incomes was widely quoted, but one finding got less attention: Between 1979 and 2007, “the federal individual income tax became slightly more progressive.” The main reason for this is mainly because the U.S. does not have a Value Added Tax (VAT), which affects the rich and poor equally.

Progressivism / Liberalism / Socialism – Why do socialists and liberals prefer to be called progressives? In a Pew poll Americans have a 67% favorable view of Progressives, but the favorability of Liberals drops to 50% and Socialists drops to 31%.

National Security - The Obama administration is considering transferring to Afghan custody a senior Taliban official (Mohammed Fazl) suspected of major human rights abuses as part of a long-shot bid to improve the prospects of a peace deal in Afghanistan, Reuters has learned.

Markets – The Dow Jones ended the year up 5.5%, but the S&P was flat.

EPA - A U.S. federal appeals court last week issued a last-minute order to delay the January 1 implementation of stricter federal limits on pollution from coal-fired plants, providing a temporary win for utilities worried about the cost of implementation.

Weaponry – The U.S. has agreed to sell 3.4 billion dollars of military weaponry to the United Arab Empire.

Planned Parenthood - Its annual report indicates that Planned Parenthood had assets of over 1 billion dollars and generated a profit of more than $18 million in 2010 and 2011. 

The Occupy Movement – The Occupy Charlotte movement has been showing its displeasure by burning American Flags. Meanwhile, 68 protestors were arrested in New York during the New Year’s Eve party. Even more protestors were arrested outside of Michelle Bachmann’s Iowa campaign office.

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Friday, January 6, 2012

I’m 63 and I’m Tired

Robert A. Hall is the actor who plays the coroner on CSI if you watch that show.  He also is a Marine Vietnam War veteran.
"I'm 63 and I'm Tired"
By Robert A. Hall
I'm 63.  Except for one semester in college when jobs were scarce and a six-month period when I was between jobs, but job-hunting every day, I've worked hard since I was 18. Despite some health challenges, I still put in 50-hour weeks, and haven't called in sick in seven or eight years. I make a good salary, but I didn't inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, there's no retirement in sight, and I'm tired. Very tired. 
I'm tired of being told that I have to "spread the wealth" to people who don't have my work ethic. I'm tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it. 
I'm tired of being told that I have to pay more taxes to "keep people in their homes." Sure, if they lost their jobs or got sick, I'm willing to help. But if they bought McMansions at three times the price of our paid-off, $250,000 condo, on one-third of my salary, then let the left-wing Congress-critters who passed Fannie and Freddie and the  Community Reinvestment Act that created the bubble help them with their  own money.
I'm tired of being told how bad America is by left-wing millionaires like Michael Moore, George Soros and Hollywood Entertainers who live in luxury because of the opportunities America offers.  In thirty years, if they get their way, the United States will have the economy of Zimbabwe, the freedom of the press of China the crime and violence of Mexico, the tolerance for Christian people of Iran, and the freedom of speech of Venezuela.
I'm tired of being told  that Islam is a "Religion of Peace," when every day I can read dozens of  stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family "honor"; of Muslims rioting over some slight offense; of Muslims  murdering Christian and Jews because  they aren't "believers"; of Muslims burning schools for girls; of Muslims stoning teenage rape  victims to death for "adultery"; of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur'an and Sharia law tells them to. 
I'm tired of being told that "race doesn't matter" in the post-racial world of Obama, when it's all that matters in affirmative action jobs, lower college admission and graduation standards for minorities (harming them the most), government contract set-asides, tolerance for the ghetto culture of violence and fatherless children that hurts minorities more than anyone, and in the appointment of U.S. Senators from Illinois.  
I think it's very cool that we have a black president and that a black child is doing her homework at the desk where Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation. I just wish the black president was Condi Rice, or someone who believes more in freedom and the individual and less arrogantly of an all-knowing government.
I'm tired of being told that out of "tolerance for other cultures" we must let Saudi Arabia use our oil money to fund mosques and madrassa Islamic schools to preach hate in America, while no American group is allowed to fund a church, synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia to teach love and tolerance. 
I'm tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate. My wife and I live in a two-bedroom apartment and carpool together five miles to our jobs. We also own a three-bedroom condo where our daughter and granddaughter live. Our carbon footprint is about 5% of Al Gore's, and if you're greener than Gore, you're green enough. 
I'm tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses while they tried to fight it off? I don't think Gay people choose to be Gay, but I #@*# sure think druggies chose to take drugs. And I'm tired of harassment from cool people treating me like a freak when I tell them I never tried marijuana.
I'm tired of illegal aliens being called "undocumented workers," especially the ones who aren't working, but are living on welfare or crime. What's next? Calling drug dealers, "Undocumented Pharmacists"?  And, no, I'm not against Hispanics. Most of them are Catholic, and it's been a few hundred years since Catholics wanted to kill me for my religion. I'm willing to fast track for citizenship any Hispanic person, who can speak English, doesn't have a criminal record and who is self-supporting without family on welfare, or who serves honorably for three years in our military.... Those are the citizens we need.
I'm tired of latte liberals and journalists, who would never wear the uniform of the Republic themselves, or let their entitlement-handicapped kids near a recruiting station, trashing our military. They and their kids can sit at home, never having to make split-second decisions under life and death circumstances, and bad mouth better people than themselves. Do bad things happen in war? You bet.  Do our troops sometimes misbehave?  Sure.  Does this compare with the atrocities that were the policy of our enemies for the last fifty years and still are? Not even close. So here's the deal. I'll let myself be subjected to all the humiliation and abuse that was heaped on terrorists  at Abu Ghraib or Gitmo, and the critics can let themselves be subject to captivity by the Muslims, who tortured and beheaded Daniel Pearl in  Pakistan, or the Muslims who tortured and murdered Marine Lt. Col. William Higgins in Lebanon, or the Muslims who ran the blood-spattered Al Qaeda  torture rooms our troops found in Iraq, or the Muslims who cut off the  heads of schoolgirls in Indonesia, because the  girls were Christian. Then we'll compare notes. British and American soldiers are the only troops in history that civilians came to for help and handouts, instead of hiding from in fear. 
I'm tired of people telling me that their party has a corner on virtue and the other party has a corner on corruption. Read the papers; bums are bipartisan. And I'm tired of people telling me we need bipartisanship. I live in Illinois, where the "Illinois Combine" of Democrats has worked to loot the public for years. Not to mention the tax cheats in Obama's cabinet.  
I'm tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of both parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting caught. I'm tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor.
Speaking of poor, I'm tired of hearing people with air-conditioned homes, color TVs and two cars called poor. The majority of Americans didn't have that in 1970, but we didn't know we were "poor."  The poverty pimps have to keep changing the definition of poor to keep the dollars flowing. 
I'm real tired of people who don't take responsibility for their lives and actions. I'm tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination or big-whatever for their problems.
Yes, I'm tired.  But I'm also glad to be 63. Because, mostly, I'm not going to have to see the world these people are making. I'm just sorry for my granddaughter.
Robert   A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Obama’s Lowlights (1/5/12)

The Obama’s – In an interview with Barbara Walters Michelle said she prioritizes herself over everything else and Barack admits he is lazy.

AARP – Congressional Republicans are pushing the IRS to investigate the AARP’s tax exempt status since they earn revenue from insurance companies.

Obama Approval Numbers – Obama’s approval numbers are up this past month, meaning people have sided with his handling of payroll tax debate over Republicans.

Federal Pay – According to a USA Today article “Newly hired federal workers are starting at much higher salaries than those who did the same jobs in the past, a lift that has elevated the salaries of scientists and custodians alike.”

Obama’s Green Plan – According to a Washington Post article: “Meant to create jobs and cut reliance on foreign oil, Obama’s green-technology program was infused with politics at every level, The Washington Post found in an analysis of thousands of memos, company records and internal ­e-mails. Political considerations were raised repeatedly by company investors, Energy Department bureaucrats and White House officials.”

Iraq Violence – From the AP: “An Al Qaeda front group in Iraq has claimed responsibility for the wave of attacks that ripped through markets, cafes and government buildings in Baghdad on a single day last week, killing 69 people and raising new worries about the country's path.”

Payroll Tax Deal – The deal DOES INCLUDE a tax hike. Under the new law, an additional income tax will be imposed on those taxpayers who receive more than $18,350 in wages during that two month period. The tax is an amount equal to 2% of the amount of wages received during the two-month period in excess of $18,350 (and not greater than $110,100).

Ben Nelson – The Democratic Senator from Nebraska will retire when his term completes this year. This is a very winnable seat for the GOP.

California – The state passed 750 new legislative laws in 2011 alone. That is over 2 new per day! This is excessive governing and it is not hard to understand why California has one of the highest unemployment and debt per capita rates in the nation.

Economy – More than 100 Sears and Kmart stores nationally will close its doors.

Debt Ceiling – When Washington politicians head back to work to start the New Year, Obama will seek a 1.2 trillion dollar raise in the debt ceiling.

National Labor Relations Board – The controversial Craig Becker’s term has run out leaving only two members on the board. This is good news because without a quorum they cannot interfere in the private sector.

Iran – From Reuters: The US Fifth Fleet said this past week it will not allow any disruption of traffic in the Strait of Hormuz, after Iran threatened to stop ships moving through the strategic oil route.

Ethnic Studies – From the AP: Judge Lewis Kowal's ruling, first reported by The Arizona Daily Star, said the Tucson district's Mexican-American Studies program violated state law by having one or more classes designed primarily for one ethnic group, promoting racial resentment and advocating ethnic solidarity instead of treating students as individuals.

Wealth - Both The New York Times and The Washington Post had separate reports last week about the widening wealth gap between members of Congress and the people they represent. Almost half of all congress people are millionaires and their median net worth has climbed to $913,000, compared to $100,000 for the rest of America households.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Multiculturalism (Part II)

A symptom of multiculturalism is political correctness. Political correctness has gotten so out of hand that many organizations and schools have implemented speech codes. Speech codes are used to suppress hate or discriminatory talk in order to create a better atmosphere for members or employees. This sounds great, but does violating someone’s first amendment rights solve the problem of bigotry and racism in America? No, it is an attempt to cover up those feelings instead of openly debating them and tackling the problem head on. The Fort Hood massacre is a classic example of how political correctness can be dangerous. In essence, the military was afraid to discipline Major Nidal Hasan because they did not want to be seen as offensive or discriminating against a Muslim soldier. Hasan, by all accounts, was classified as unstable and delusional. Instead, the Army promoted Hasan to avoid any conflict. British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has said “True multiculturalism acts as a bulwark against further extremism”. French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have echoed the same sediments. In other words, multiculturalism has not worked, but instead fosters an environment for extremists and terrorists to plot and kill innocent people.

Studies have shown that multicultural communities lack trust, are less charitable, and are unable to develop public infrastructure systems. This makes sense since people with the same heritage and ethnicity tends to colonize in the same area. Every major U.S. city is divided into ethnic sections – Irish, German, Italian, African-American, Chinese, Hispanic, and so forth. Multiculturalism philosophies want to break down these barriers, and that is admirable, but it is misguided. After all, this concept of dividing cities into ethnic sections has been going on for thousands of years. In many respects, pure ethnic communities are how many immigrants cope with being in a new country. After all, in these communities they are free to practice their cultural views and beliefs from their native lands. This is fine, as long as U.S. immigrants assimilate to our language and laws.

In many respects we can blame failed liberal policies for the segregation of minority ethnicities. Many African-Americans and Hispanics have become prisoners to inner city slums. They are living lives filled with poverty, addictions, crime, and poor health conditions. Ever since the passing of the civil rights legislation in the 1960s, liberal politicians have been creating legislation and policies to correct for what they call are social injustices. Policies such as entitlement welfare benefits have given people money, food, housing, and healthcare without ever making a positive impact on society. In essence, we have trained poor minorities and whites to be dependent on the government, and for this reason they will always be poor living in decaying inner cities. And what’s worse, this lifestyle will be passed on to future generations. How do these social justice policies promote multiculturalism? They do not, in fact, they do the opposite and work to segregate the poor and minorities.

The bottom line is that although multiculturalism sounds great and looks great on paper, it is truly hard to accomplish this type of utopia in the real world. In fact, progressive policies such as entitlement benefits, affirmative action, quota systems, speech codes, political correctness, and so forth, are the creating an environment that is the antithesis of multiculturalism. Instead, these mandates, rules, restrictions, and laws are working to increase hostility between ethnic groups and is keeping them segregated in city slums. A nation that is narcissistic, overly sensitive, and offended easily is not going to openly accept other cultures and ideas that conflict with their own views. It simply is not going to happen.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Multiculturalism (Part I)

As the United States and other nations become more diverse, multiculturalism has become a national issue. In the United States, for instance, there has been a huge demographic shift. Every Census the percentage of Caucasian Americans decreases by more than 3 percentage points as both African-American and Hispanic populations gain a larger share. By 2050, it is estimated there may be more people of color in the United States than Caucasians. On the surface multiculturalism sounds great – it is defined as the acceptance, promotion, and appreciation of multiple cultures. In essence, the goal of multiculturalism is to unify all races and ethnicities to build a stronger national bond. In many aspects, diversity policies and multiculturalism are one in the same. Here are some of the arguments, both pro and con, surrounding multiculturalism in the United States and around the globe.

Education is probably the most controversial subject about multiculturalism. The debate is whether or not schools should implement a multicultural curriculum. Proponents for a multicultural curriculum argue that it promotes unity by reducing fears, ignorance, stereotypes, and personal detachment. The goal is to integrate all cultures into the classroom with the hope it may, for example, decrease the expulsion and dropout rate amongst minorities. Once again this sounds straight forward, but does multiculturalism really promote unity? Many argue that multiculturalism divides and alienates ethnic groups. After all, to dwell on cultural differences is to foster negative prejudices and stereotypes. Think about it; ethnicity battles around the globe have literally split nations apart (Ireland, the Soviet Union, and Yugoslavia to name a few).

Multiculturalism also enforces the belief, philosophy, and concept that minorities and even women are inferior to white males. Why else promote diversity and multiculturalism? It would not be an issue if genders and or ethnic groups felt they were treated equally in the eyes of the nation. This is nonsense; women and minorities are every bit equal to white males and are afforded the same opportunities. In fact, diversity policies discriminate against one group of people to afford other groups of peoples more opportunities. Multiculturalism and diversity policies are therefore, overcompensating by giving minorities, in many respects, more rights than other groups. This type of policy does not unite people; instead it further divides and polarizes them. Affirmative action and quota systems lower standards. In other words, positions are given to minorities in corporations and universities even though they failed to achieve the higher standards given to other ethnic groups. First of all, these types of policies do not correct the problem of a poor education. Instead, these policies work to promote mediocrity and hinder excellence in our universities and corporations. If multiculturalism is supposed to promote unity and equality – how exactly is that being accomplished by affirmative action and quota systems? It does not; it is promoting the opposite – more polarity.

Profiling is another issue created by multiculturalism. Muslims are offended if they are put through extra security before boarding a plane; Hispanics are offended if they are questioned further about their legal status; African-Americans are offended because they are being targeted for inner city crime; and Caucasians are up in arms every time more restrictive gun laws are passed. Multiculturalism has made Americans more sensitive and to a further extent more narcissistic. Individual Americans believe everything revolves around their culture and their feelings. Everything is about me, myself, and I. Americans need to look at the bigger picture and allow our police and government to do what is necessary to keep us safe. Individuals need to stop thinking that every policy and law is specifically targeted at them.

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Monday, January 2, 2012

Obama’s Lowlights (1/2/12)

LA School System – Since the LA school system went to healthy menus this past year, there has been a growing black market on school campuses for assorted junk foods. In fact, studies indicate students are eating more junk food than they did prior to the menu change. Imagine that, kids rebelling against the system.

Bo Obama – According to the Honolulu Star-Advisor the Obama’s pet dog, Bo, flew home from the family vacation on the taxpayers’ dime.

Mortgage Rates – The average 30 year mortgage hit a record low of 3.91%, which is a sign the housing market continues to struggle.

Obama’s Ego – In a 60 Minutes interview a few weeks ago, Obama proclaimed himself as the 4th best President in US history, behind only FDR, LBJ, and Lincoln.

Iraq – Within days of the U.S. withdrawal of ground troops in Iraq violence escalated and security deteriorated to pre surge levels.

Campaign Ad – Obama released a new campaign ad targeted at young adults and the message was for them to convert their much dumber (paraphrasing) parents to vote for him.

Kim Jong-Il – The United Nations held a tribute moment of silence for the rogue North Korean leader who passed away two weeks ago.

Department of Agriculture (USDA) - The Agriculture Department is reinstating several reports that it had targeted for elimination two months ago in a cost-cutting move. The department says that it will reinstate reports for industries such as catfish and trout, hops, fruits and vegetables, and bees and honey. While private sector businesses continue to make cuts, the federal government continues to find excuses to avoid making tough choices – case in point, the USDA.

Gambling - The Obama administration cleared the way for U.S. states to legalize internet poker and certain other online betting in a switch that may help them reap billions in tax revenue and spur web-based gambling. I personally do not have any problem with this since people are going to gamble and billions of dollars in revenues have been going to foreign nations.

Charity - The Charities and Aid Foundation's second annual “World Giving Index” found that despite economic turmoil, Americans help those in need more than any other country. In other news, the hacking movement known as "Anonymous" is taking responsibility for a Christmas inspired hacking scheme-- taking money from individuals' accounts and giving it away as donations.

Campaign Contributions – Obama has returned contributions made to his campaign by the embattled ex-governor of New Jersey and ex-CEO of MF Global - John Corzine.

Warren Buffet – According to AP “Berkshire Hathaway Inc. has completed the purchase of Berkshire chairman Warren Buffett's hometown newspaper, the Omaha World-Herald.” In fact, Buffet has been buying up a bunch of small town newspapers – After all, what better way to indoctrinate Americans than to control what they read.

Retail Sales – Holiday retail sales increased by 4% over 2010, which is a sign the ailing economy is slowly getting better.

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