Lincoln: from the abundance of the heart

February 26, 2010

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Full column here.

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What has the heart to do with politics, other than recent news involving Bill Clinton and Dick Cheney, or references to bleeding heart liberals and hard-hearted conservatives?

It is interesting to think about the heart, knowing also that according to the latest research, the heart also “thinks” about the brain.  There is constant interaction between the two. 

Philosophers and poets have long probed the mysteries of the heart, saying it is the seat of the soul, the fountainhead of love, the residence of spirit and character, personality and emotion.


What are you required to tell the census worker who comes knocking?

February 25, 2010

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Starting soon, the federal government will either come to your door, or mail a questionnaire, demanding to know much more than what the Constitution specifies in the way of data for the Census.  According to some in the resistance, the government can only ask how many people live in your house, nothing more.

What does the Constitution say about government gathering your personal information?

Here is the actual 10-question form  that asks for more than what the Constitution specifies.  Apparently Jerry Day’s experience indicates when a Census Worker comes to your door, they ask more detailed questions about income and expenses.   

WHY IS THE CENSUS SO IMPORTANT AND WHY DOES PRESIDENT OBAMA WANT CONTROL OF THE CENSUS?  One of the President’s first actions last year was moving the Census from the Commerce Department to the White House, a highly controversial move that set off alarms and posed serious questions about the concentration of power in the Executive Branch of government.

Here is the answer.

Additionally, you may recall last year Rep. Bachmann from Minnesota saying she’ll refuse to complete the Census form  because it goes beyond what the Constitution allows.   Bachmann attempted to draw a connection between the activism engaged by ACORN and data collected by the Census.   Since then, ACORN has been disconnected from census work entirely, and apparently, the information demanded by the Census has been reduced.

Even so, if anyone 18 year of age or older refuses to comply, they face a fine of $5,000.00.

And now we have a report that hardware and software problems within the Census bureau may foul up gathering an accurate count.

EXCERPT

“The testing of the system is continuing to reveal critical defects,” Zinser testified yesterday, warning that possible solutions must be tested and implemented in a hurry if the bureau doesn’t want to spend more than the projected $14.7 billion total cost of the census.

Census Director Robert Groves acknowledged as much, saying that “The performance of this system is not taking the load we’d like. It’s not going to accept the load that we will need to get it in about a month or so.” The census forms will be mailed to each household in the U.S. beginning next month.


Gridlock is an American achievement!

February 24, 2010

Partisanship is a

good thing

 

“We have two parties for a reason,” declared George Will in a speech last week. “We have different sensibilites—liberal and conservative. Let’s argue, and may the best one win.”


Obama’s crony capitalism: short for creeping socialism

February 23, 2010

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Greenspan today: With both housing starts and auto sales “dead in the water,” he said he thought it would be difficult to make the case that the economy is poised for a strong rebound.

stimulus-money

If you wanna do business, learn to play ball.

If you want to make substantially more, get a government job.

 

That is correct Rachel.  Duh.  Duh.

Oh, but this is only a mistake, a happenstance.  It’s not the policy of this administration. 

Favoritism and use of public funds to leverage political outcomes is the furthest thing from the President’s mind.  He promised us a year ago earmarks and corruption were his first concern.

STUDY SHOWS PARTISAN INFLUENCE ON STIMULUS SPENDING

by Brian Garst

Excerpt:  Democrats are feeling stimulated these days.  In a recent study, Jerry Brito and Veronique de Rugy of the Mercatus Center tracked stimulus spending in all 435 congressional districts plus the District of Columbia.  They found that the amount of stimulus money received by a district was influenced by its partisan representation, rather than economic need. Districts with a Democratic congressman received almost twice as many dollars as those with Republican representation, whereas there was no relationship between a district’s unemployment level and the amount of stimulus money it received.

 

But that’s only one study.  It was probably funded by rightwing nutjobs, hate mongers, the healthcare industry, and Republicans and Tea Party people.

Billions in aid go to areas that backed Obama in ’08  

USA Today

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“There’s no politics at work when it comes to spending for the recovery,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says.  Counties that supported Obama last year have reaped twice as much money per person from the administration’s $787 billion economic stimulus package as those that voted for his Republican rival, Sen. John McCain, a USA TODAY analysis of government disclosure and accounting records shows. That money includes aid to repair military bases, improve public housing and help students pay for college. The reports show the 872 counties that supported Obama received about $69 per person, on average. The 2,234 that supported McCain received about $34.

 

Ok, so there’s a little disparity, but that was unintentional.  The President is only trying to create jobs in the private sector and since most people live in the cities, and most cities support the President, it’s only the appearance of impropriety that most of the money is going to the President’s supporters.

Really?

IT’S A GOOD TIME TO WORK FOR UNCLE SAM!

Federal workers make much more in wages and benefits than their counterparts in private industry.  $30,000 more!

THE STIMULUS: States get the most money so far

Retaining gov’t jobs, job one

Stimulus goes to government jobs and programs

 

Meanwhile, where do we stand with the recovery?

Consumer confidence falls

Mass layoffs up in January

Bank failures continue

20% underemployed

But not to worry America.  Even though government spending has never reversed a declining economy, and even though government “make work” jobs never deliver prosperity or confront unemployment, we can trust this President and this Congress to deliver hope and change, because, well, just because.

If you doubt it, you’re a racist.

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez


Polar bear heads south to mate with Al Gore

February 23, 2010

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Full column here.

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Paraphrasing Ann Coulter at CPAC last week:  ‘ . . . and we hear polar bears are now headed to Tennessee to mate with Al Gore.’

Isn’t it amazing that in such short order, the gospel of man-made global warming has been so thoroughly discredited as to allow hateful conservatives an opportunity to make jokes?  How dare they ridicule the high priests of ridicule!

It begs the questions: what is the joke and who got played?


Hilarious, instructive George Will speech yesterday

February 20, 2010

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Full column here.

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George Will, Pulitzer Prize, journalism

Mr. Will addressed the CPAC audience yesterday and gave a rousing, hilarious and damning indictment of liberalism and the present administration.  He did not let the Bush Administration off the hook either.  

His themes: the dangers of dependency on government, repeating the mistakes of the past, and the purposeful concentration of power in Washington behind engineered crises.   It is an enormously informative and entertaining speech, full video below. 

Mr. Will had them rolling in the aisles, masterfully employing humor and wit to carry a very serious message.


Voices of Reason from both sides of the aisle

February 19, 2010

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Full column here.

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Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Indiana

One thing Americans seem to agree on these days is Congress is corrupt, dysfunctional and far from serving the people’s interests.

Whether in the House, or Senate, the nation’s business is neglected.  Partisanship has become civil war. War comes when extremists rule the day. In this regard we have much to learn from people like Evan Bayh and Pat Buchanan.

Stunning the political establishment this week, widely respected two-term Senator Bayh announced he would not seek a third.

Explaining his reasons, Bayh said:

“For some time, I have had a growing conviction that Congress is not operating as it should. There is too much partisanship and not enough progress — too much narrow ideology and not enough practical problem-solving. Even at a time of enormous challenge, the peoples’ business is not being done.”