Saturday, July 31, 2010

Document Dump---Work in Progress

The moral decay began with Bill Clinton. And while Republicans were soiled with the likes of Mark Foley and California’s Duke Cunningham, the power structure change in 2006 brought in a slew of corrupt Democrats who thought they were invincible. Rod Blagojevich’s shaking down a Children’s Hospital for 25 thousand was the final straw among many that forced the former Governor to face prosecution:

“The bribery, racketeering, wire fraud and extortion charges go back to the heart of the case, that government can’t trade state action for political gain, the prosecution argued.

On the bribery charges, they asked, did defendants seek to scheme to defraud the public out of honest services? Bribery can occur indirectly or directly; it doesn’t have to be clearly stated. It’s the message that’s important, they said, not the specific words. A government official cannot exchange state action for something of value, as in cash, a new job, campaign contributions, etc.

The prosecution said every time in this case, state action was linked to some political gain for Blagojevich in exchange for the act……”

Charlie Rangel appears to be getting the “slap on the wrist” for years of ethics troubles by his Democrat peers. The man sees no problem with hidden bank accounts and unreported earnings

Mr. Rangel's amended financial disclosure form, which exposes omissions from his 2002 through 2006 records, is a treasure trove of outrage. He neglected to report a checking account with the Congressional Federal Credit Union and one with Merrill Lynch, each valued between $250,000 and $500,000; the tens of thousands of dollars he's earning from dividends from a number of mutual funds and stocks; and the money made from the sale of a Harlem townhouse. As a result, Mr. Rangel's reported net worth doubled, from between $516,015 and $1,316,000 to between $1,028,024 and $2,495,000. link

Rangel’s troubles even prompted President Obama to chime in on the issue, calling the allegations against Rangel “very troubling”:

In a CBS interview, President Obama called the allegations "very troubling," but offered an otherwise sympathetic assessment that referred to the Harlem legend in the past tense.

"Charlie Rangel served a very long time and served his constituents very well," Obama said. "He's somebody who's at the end of his career. ... I'm sure that what he wants is to be able to end his career with dignity. And my hope is that it happens."

We all know about this “hope” stuff Mr. Obama, but on this one we’re with ya.

Throw in Maxine Waters, (also up on ethics charges), and the Joe Sestak/White House job offers, Mr. Obama’s Chicago style government is “very troubling” indeed.

One could say the Democrats are having a tough year. They’ve found no sanctuary at their own town hall meetings, finding a majority demanding that they rein in spending. Ignoring the “request” from their own constituents, Democrats have spent 1.4 trillion in unfunded debt, (raising the Federal Debt to over 13 trillion), added the most colossal entitlement in one hundred years, (ObamaCare), by cramming the unpopular legislation down the throats of a 60% public majority who rejected the “idea”. Hoping to maintain their jobs, the Democrats have funded their largest campaign contributors (organized labor/unions) to the tune of billions---all at the taxpayer’s expense. Throw in the 10% unemployment rate, (15% to 20% in some regions), and a set of economic indicators predicting our debt to become 100% of GDP by 2025, and you’ve got a recipe for long-term financial disaster. (GDP stats:
What has President Obama done?

For starters, how about an executive order shutting down all oil production in the northern hemisphere.

Or, how about a new deficit commission supplanting the responsibilities of Congress. Further, both of the co-chairmen of Obama’s debt and deficit commission have already issued a sobering warning to the President’s budgetary direction:

BOSTON -- The co-chairmen of President Obama's debt and deficit commission offered an ominous assessment of the nation's fiscal future here Sunday, calling current budgetary trends a cancer "that will destroy the country from within" unless checked by tough action in Washington.

Instead, the President and the Democrats are heading full steam ahead in their spending agenda, ignoring these warnings and claiming the economy is “heading in the right direction”, (which the adoring liberal media repeated in every news broadcast on Friday as Obama toured his new government motor industry) Using the hollow deception of pay-go, (legislation the Democrats passed and Obama signed into law), not one piece of legislation has been funded correctly because it all falls under the exception of “emergency spending”. But, of course, all of this emergency spending is inherited.

Forget that the Democrats have been in full power since 2007. Forget the corruption that’s eating away our political process. Forget that California will be asking for another 20 billion in bailout funds to stay solvent, (or a number of other states also on the brink of bankruptcy looking for billions in Federal funds). Forget that runaway spending is putting this nation on the brink of complete financial ruin.

Grab a golf club and hit the links!


Saturday, July 24, 2010

Krauthammer: Beware of the Lame Ducks

Instead of reining in spending policies, Barack Obama continues blaming Republicans for the state of the economy while the President and the Democrats keep producing record deficits and debt by their own fruition---(White House Predicts Record $1.47 Trillion Deficit) Expectations that the mainstream media will report this economic disaster fell further last week as “journalist” like Kathleen Parker at the Washington Post attempted to marginalize Tucker Carlson’s journolist story, calling it "a destructive gotcha mentality".

In a attempt to show the public that her Congress is the most ethical ever, Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats are finally getting around to throwing Charlie Rangel under the bus. The only problem is, Rangel’s bus has been in neutral for years while House Democrats, (and others), have looked the other way. Add this to the show trial in Chicago where former Governor Rod Blagojevich may have took ethics violations to a new level, and there’s hardly a case that Democrats have cleaned up the corruption in government.

Election Status

With runaway spending policies by this administration and the Democratic controlled Congress, (along with a sluggish economy and dismal unemployment figures), conservatives and independents are poised to make changes of their own in November. RealClearPolitics suggest House Democrats could lose their strong majority, while Senate Republicans could pick up as many as ten net seats, leaving Democrats assumedly powerless to move their liberal agenda forward. In this case, assumedly may be a dangerous position. We all know the old adage about assuming things---some one ends up looking like an ass.

Enter: The Lame Duck Session

Charles Krauthammer wrote a piece on Friday, (7/23), warning all of us that assumptions may also have “extensions”. There’s this little period between November 3rd and January 20th when “the losers” are still in power. Most critically, this upcoming lame duck session may show the American electorate how little their voices were heard, and how desperate the liberals are to shove their agenda down our throats:

“Barack Obama's considerable political capital, earned on Election Day 2008, is spent. Well spent, mind you, on the enactment of a highly ideological agenda of Obamacare, financial reform and a near-trillion-dollar stimulus that will significantly transform the country. But spent nonetheless. There's nothing left with which to complete his social-democratic ambitions. This would have to await the renewed mandate that would come with a second inaugural.

That's why, as I suggested last week, nothing of major legislative consequence is likely to occur for the next 2 1/2 years. Except, as columnist Irwin Stelzer points out, for one constitutional loophole: a lame-duck Congress called back into session between the elections this November and the swearing-in of the 112th Congress next January…..

…….But assuming the elections go as currently projected, Obama's follow-on reforms are dead. Except for the fact that a lame-duck session, freezing in place the lopsided Democratic majorities of November 2008, would be populated by dozens of Democratic members who had lost reelection (in addition to those retiring). They could then vote for anything -- including measures they today shun as the midterms approach and their seats are threatened-- because they would have nothing to lose. They would be unemployed. And playing along with Obama might even brighten the prospects for, say, an ambassadorship to a sunny Caribbean isle.” LINK
Krauthammer suggest the Democrats make a pledge to promising to adhere to the will of the electorate:

“How then to prevent a runaway lame-duck Congress? Bring the issue up now -- applying the check-and-balance of the people's will before it disappears the morning after Election Day. Every current member should be publicly asked: In the event you lose in November -- a remote and deeply deplorable eventuality, but still not inconceivable -- do you pledge to adhere to the will of the electorate and, in any lame-duck session of Congress, refuse to approve anything but the most routine legislation required to keep the government functioning?”
Don’t hold you breath waiting for this to happen.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Beginning of the End

This morning, I’ve listened to the liberal media attempting to explain how and why the Democrat Party is in disarray, and heading for the path of defeat in November. The riff between the President’s press secretary and the Speaker of the House, (Nancy Pelosi), may have very well been by design in an attempt to rally their base. But, even as the liberal media scratches their collective talking heads trying to understand why they have been so wrong, the excuses are falling on deaf ears along with a mounting anger from the people who swallowed these failed policies with the understanding of hope and change. To this end, I say BOO HOO.

Boo hoo! House Democrats not feeling the love from the White House---even when they’ve been the one’s who have “made the tough votes” to advance Obama’s agenda---even against the will and public opinion of their constituents.

Boo hoo! All these Democrats (that walked and voted lockstep with Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama’s life-long dream to decimate the private healthcare system in favor of a government run system that will neither reduce health care cost nor provide the quality of care promised), are now feeling the brunt of their decisions that completely ignored the needs of the working taxpayer while expanding the scope and power of the federal government. And let us never forget the words of Speaker Pelosi, "We need to pass the health care bill to find out what’s in it..."

Boo hoo! The liberal left of the Democrat Party who bought into this entitlement expansion mentality costing the country billions in unfunded liabilities. By pouring billions more in real debt into public sector jobs, (see Porkulus), and pandering to their own special interest, (SEIU, labor unions, etc.), the Democrats thought they had secured their campaign funds and loyalty of their voters to keep them in power.

Boo hoo! Instead of realizing that the rise of the working class being over-burdened with higher taxes, government regulation, the loss of individual liberties, and staggering unemployment, (see grassroots Tea Party), the Democrats in the House and the Senate have instead embraced the demagoguery of such groups as the NAACP who are claiming falsely that we are all racist bigots for fighting back against failed national policies that are putting this nation in financial peril, and generational debt.

Boo hoo! Ever since the Democrats have been in power, (2007-present), their legislation has done nothing to enhance small business or the private sector companies that has always been the engine that drives a healthy economy. Instead, they have embraced these big government policies with the designation of re-distributing wealth (under the guise of extracting money from the big bad corporations and profiteers). Their results have been stifling to the growth of both large corporations and the small companies who have refused to expand their investments in human capital because of the uncertainty of big government policies that plan to tax them to death.

Boo hoo! The Democrat Party has allowed this President to create more commissions and Czars than any other administration to disguise and transfer the constitutional responsibilities of the House and Senate. Instead, they have embraced this new power structure as a future scapegoat for their own lack of skills to govern as representatives of their districts.

Boo hoo! Lastly, the Democrats have relied on the liberal media to also walk lock-step with every disastrous decision of this administration as if it was ordained by God. Instead of listening to their constituents at the town hall meetings, the Democrats have fallen into the trap of believing the liberal media’s endorsements of Barack Obama’s new world order. Not daring to label Obama’s policies as socialist or Marxist, the media has provided the necessary cover of a cloak and dagger government designed to further empower this body at the complete expense of the middle-class taxpayer. Once again, the egos of the Democrat power structure has fallen to the fodder of their own self importance over the daily needs of the people they were elected to represent.

This November the Democrats will see the full weight of the people who have rejected their big government philosophy and the spending madness in Washington that has continued to create the largest burden of personal debt in U.S. history. The cost for their arrogance should be swift and the message “perfectly clear”----YOU HAVE REFUSED TO LISTEN, THEREFOR YOU WILL NO LONGER REPRESENT ME.