Archive for the ‘Stimulus’ Category

ACORN Office in the White House

February 21, 2009

HRO (His Royal Obamaness) signed an Executive Order “ESTABLISHMENT OF THE WHITE HOUSE OFFICE OF URBAN AFFAIRS” on Thursday the 19th, evidently quietly with no fanfare; another campaign promised payoff to his roots and supporters.

Not only is ACORN in line for 100s of Millions in “Stimulus” money (they DO have to apply for it–do any of you think that other organizations of lesser notoriety will receive moneys over ACORN?) but now, don’t worry,  the new Urban Affairs Office will ensure all that money gets where it’s supposed to go. Just wait to see who he puts in charge.

EXECUTIVE ORDER

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ESTABLISHMENT OF THE WHITE HOUSE OFFICE OF URBAN AFFAIRS

 By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to take a coordinated and comprehensive approach to developing and implementing an effective strategy concerning urban America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

 Section 1.  Policy.  About 80 percent of Americans live in urban areas, and the economic health and social vitality of our urban communities are critically important to the prosperity and quality of life for Americans.  Vibrant cities spawn innovation, economic growth, and cultural enrichment through the businesses, universities, and civic, cultural, religious, and nonprofit institutions they attract.  Forward-looking policies that encourage wise investment and development in our urban areas will create employment and housing opportunities and make our country more competitive, prosperous, and strong.  In the past, insufficient attention has been paid to the problems faced by urban areas and to coordinating the many Federal programs that affect our cities.  A more comprehensive approach is needed, both to develop an effective strategy for urban America and to coordinate the actions of the many executive departments and agencies whose actions impact urban life.

 Sec. 2.  Establishment.  There is established within the Executive Office of the President the White House Office of Urban Affairs (the “Office”).

 Sec. 3.  Functions.  The principal functions of the Office are, to the extent permitted by law:

 (a)  to provide leadership for and coordinate the development of the policy agenda for urban America across executive departments and agencies;

 (b)  to coordinate all aspects of urban policy;

 (c)  to work with executive departments and agencies to ensure that appropriate consideration is given by such departments and agencies to the potential impact of their actions on urban areas;

 (d)  to work with executive departments and agencies, including the Office of Management and Budget, to ensure that Federal Government dollars targeted to urban areas are effectively spent on the highest-impact programs; and

 (e)  to engage in outreach and work closely with State and local officials, with nonprofit organizations, and with the private sector, both in seeking input regarding the development of a comprehensive urban policy and in ensuring that the implementation of Federal programs advances the objectives of that policy.  [my emphasis]

 Sec. 4.  Coordination.  In performing its functions, the Office shall work closely with [read the rest through the White House title link above]

The Death of Our Industries is Imminent

February 19, 2009

Here we go–The death of our nation’s industries is imminent–the EPA is going after Carbon Dioxide Emissions to control and end  Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW or the re-brandedClimate Change”).

E.P.A. Expected to Regulate Carbon Dioxide

 By JOHN M. BRODER

 Published: February 18, 2009

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agencyis expected to act for the first time to regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that scientists blame for the warming of the planet, according to top Obama administration officials.

The decision, which most likely would play out in stages over a period of months, would have a profound impact on transportation, manufacturing costs and how utilities generate power. It could accelerate the progress of energy and climate change legislation in Congress and form a basis for the United States’ negotiating position at United Nations climate talks set for December in Copenhagen.

The environmental agency is under order from the Supreme Court to make a determination whether carbon dioxide is a pollutant that endangers public health and welfare, an order that the Bush administration essentially ignored despite near-unanimous belief among agency experts that research points inexorably to such a finding.

The Green One will not be satisfied until he and his EnviroWarriors under The Goracle’s Spell have shut down our ability to manufacture our products or produce our energy. They claim the discussion and debate is over regarding Global Warming (AGW)/Climate Change regardless of the thousands (31,000) of actual earth, meteorologic, cosmic and planetary scientists have signed the Oregon Project Petition and over 650 other scientist are listed in a U.S. Minority Report that Sen. Inhofe (R-OK) produced in argument to the insanity and proof that the “debate” isn’t over and the “consensus” is not agreed.

Folks we are in for it and very soon–the Spendulus will NOT be of any consequence when they shut down the industry of the United States as a result the Global Warming Scam. What they started with in the Spendulus Bill, they will complete with the EPA’s rampage–the complete destruction of our economic base and energy structure–will it matter that we’re building roads if there is no fuel OR products to move on them?

I Love VDH–Victor Davis Hanson

February 17, 2009

I Love Victor Davis Hanson–he can cut to the chase and lay it out so much better than most of the others that only try to explain what is going on and (to use my mom’s best sayings) “How the cow ate the cabbage.”

The Audacity of Irony
“Hope and change” meet reality. The ironies bring us back to the unlamented days of Jimmy Carter.
By Victor Davis Hanson

We have seen irony before, when the moralist Jimmy Carter chastised us with sermons about our paranoid, inordinate fear of Communism and our amoral unconcern with human rights, even as the dividends of his policies were the Soviets in Afghanistan and the Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran — and even greater global misery than before.

For the last 24 months a youthful Barack Obama has daily offered unspecified “hope and change” idealism — all set against the supposed cynical wrongdoing of the tired Bush administration. In the unhinged manner in which his supporters turned a center-right president like George Bush into some sort of sinister reactionary, so too they deified a rookie senator as the long-awaited liberal messiah.

How could irony not follow from all that?

For the past seven years the United States has seen no repeat of 9/11, although plots were uncovered and threats from radical Islam were leveled in serial fashion. The ability to intercept and hold terrorists overseas, to tap into cell-phone calls abroad, to detain terrorists caught on the field of battle, and to ensure that intelligence agencies freely swapped information was critical to our unexpected salvation.

Like Lincoln, Wilson, FDR, Truman, and other wartime presidents (though none of the above witnessed 3,000 Americans butchered on the soil of the United States by foreign agents), George Bush, with strong bipartisan support, enacted new wartime protocols in the effort to protect the security of the United States. Only a fool would suggest that these homeland-security efforts were unnecessary, or that, in unprecedented fashion, they shredded the Constitution.
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Today’s Cartoon

February 17, 2009

Political Cartoon by Nate Beeler

Hurry, Pass the Spendulus Bill Then…

February 17, 2009

Okay, so we couldn’t wait to have the Spendulus Bill passed! Right? The United States was going to collapse if we didn’t get the thing through Congress and then the Senate on Friday. No time for anyone to read it–oh, yes, most of them knew the major items, but not what had been put back in at the last minute, not the still hidden items–they had to have it passed within 11 hours of printing at midnight.  Why?

Because Pelosi had to have time to crow about the passing before she and seven other from congress could be wheels-up by six from Andrews on a USAF jet to Europe to meet the Pope today.

Then, to get the senate side done they flew democrat Senator Sherrod Brown from Ohio where his mother had passed away and he had to wait until the end of her wake to come back and vote around midnight, and go back–the White House sent a plane and the Senate held the vote open. Would they have done that for the deciding vote of a Republican if it was to stop the bill?

And Then, Obama flies the family back to Chicago for Valentine’s Day–again, with all the hoopla, you’d think he’d have waited until the vote final in the Senate and have a big deal to do right on the spot. But, No, he takes AFOne to Chicago, spends the weekend out and about, and then returns to Washington yesterday, President’s Day to sign the bill, Right?

NO! He’s going to sign it in Denver TODAY at a solar panel plant to ensure we know he’s the Green One. So why fly back to Washington one day then back out to Denver and back the next? Seems like a whole lot of AvGas wasted and another 100s of tons of CO2–you know, the planet killer gas. I can only guess that it would save about half that gas and pollution had he gone to Denver from Chicago and then back to Washington today, but that means all those folks (including the TRINOS–Specter, Snow, Collins–I’m sure) hitching a ride to Denver today on AFOne to get a signing pen wouldn’t have gotten there or had to travel–gasp!–by commercial air or not gone at all. Yeah, right!

So, we are finally going to see the Partisan social-gluttonous Spendulus Bill signed today, FOUR frakking days after it was passed unread by those voting, certainly not posted so we the people could see it for 48 hours as Promised by Pelosi, and of such urgency that we could’ve all starved to death in the mean time from inaction to save us with 30 Million Marsh Mouse Stilulus!

 

UPDATE:  Oh, and then he’s going to Phoenix tomorrow for the Housing Plan that has nothing in the TARP or Spendulus Bill??!!  How inefficient is that for the Green One??!!  My head is going to explode!

So, let’s recap, shall we?  This weekend Chicago for vacation, back to Washington yesterday; today, Washington to Denver to Washington; and tomorrow, Washington to Phoenix back to Washington? Get on Google and figure those muiles out–what is he doing? Working on AF1 Frequent Flier Miles?? He’s going to need to replant all of Nevada in trees to offeset his carbon offset for this week alone!

Update: I.A. (547pm cst):  Okay, I was misinformed, The Green One has landed in Phoenix, so at least, someone had a brighter Idea than crisscrossing the US 3 times in 3 days.

UPDATE II:    From most recent eMail from NoStimulus.com

By the way, today when the President says this is a carefully drawn, fiscally responsible bill consider what is in the final legislation:

Billions in outright pork and wasteful spending:
$300 million for buying cars for federal bureaucrats;$3.7 billion for something called “green research” on military bases;$50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts; $2 billion for “neighborhood stabilization” to radical groups like ACORN;$1.3 billion for Amtrak; $10 million for”urban canals”(I’m not making this up); etc.

The Road to Government Run Health Care
$1.1 billion for “comparative effectiveness research” that will establish a federal government board to begin rationing health care by having bureaucrats deciding which medical treatments will be appropriate for which Americans.(Page 52 of final conference report)

Overturning the Historic Welfare Reform of 1996
$264 billion for direct welfare payments while overturning the historic welfare reform of 1996.The Pelos\Reid\Obama bill will reward states with federal welfare funds based on the number of people they put on their welfare rolls – a perverse incentive that will in effect give states “bonuses” for adding more people to welfare rolls AND work requirements are ignored in this legislation.

$53.6 billion for a “state stabilization fund” otherwise known as a slush fund
This massive infusion of our tax dollars is designed to alleviate the need for genuine budget reform and cutting at the state level.

So, when you hear folks saying this Pelosi\Reid\Obama “stimulus” bill was a “compromise” that cut waste to the bone while focusing only on “shovel ready” priorities, call them on it!

UPDATE III: IT’S  SIGNED @ 1:24 pm mst

/God save us all

What Can You Say?

February 14, 2009

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Oh Yeah,  and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Just a Little Something to Raise your BP this Morning

February 13, 2009

The Bill was Posted for review last night around 11PM EST–giving only about 10 hours for Senators & Congress to read before voting. Here’s a couple of items to help you understand that we need to BOHICA!

Congressional Offices Don’t Have the Stimulus Bill, Lobbyists Do

HURRY, FELLAS, LET’S VOTE, I AM OFF TO ROME!

Democratic Senator Predicts None of His Colleagues ‘Will Have the Chance’ to Read Final Stimulus Bill Before Vote

SURPRISE! Dems Break Promise: Stimulus Bill to Floor Friday

If you want to get a feel how the folks to the left supporting this bill regurgitate the line from the ONE, go back to yesterday’s post and read the comments from James. He tried to convert me, but it’s all 1936 Keynesian Economics BS.

BTW, why are we using 1936 Economics that didn’t work for FDR (by his own Sec’y of the Treasury’s admission in his diary) in 2009 ?

I will add more throughout the day to ensure that we keep that Blood Pressure up–just think of the endorphins that are being released.

Have a great Day!

UPDATE:   Well we knew it would happen, but I have one question: How can it be legal to require the House Representatives to vote on 1000+ Page bill that was released in the middle of the night before the vote–giving virtually No One a chance to read and discuss the bill????

  House passes Obama’s economic stimulus bill

UPDATE II:  Guess what, they just posted the bill for “Public Review”, they also have a place for Comments. Add yours and see if it gets posted.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

 

UPDATE III:  A friend points out that the links to the Bill DO NOT WORK! I’ve tried numerous engines, but no go. I guess we’re not going to see it until after the Senate Votes! Any bets?

Updates for today!

February 12, 2009

Oops, Her Majesty, Queen Nancy wasn’t able to confer with her far-left wingnuts yesterday on the deal that the Senate & White House (are we still calling it that? amazing that hasn’t been changed). Anyway, Madame Speaker has postponed her Thursday blab/bitchfest for today, as His Royal Neck-Biter Ried didn’t give her the due deference and confer with her before coming out of the closet…er, sorry, Conference Room yesterday.  More later.

Here’s the link to politico’s Glenn Thrush’s take on this:   http://www.politico.com/blogs/glennthrush/0209/Did_Pelosi_get_rolled.html?showall

BTW, I meant to include George Will’s article from this AM with the main body; here’s the link: Runaway Stimulus by George Will

Tell me what IT (the Spendulus Bill) does for the People

February 12, 2009

You’ve probably gathered (by now), I’m not a Econo-geek, Policy Wonk or Demon-Crat, so I’m at a loss as to what I am to expect from the 2009 Stimulus Bill that is being prepared to Pass both the Senate and the House voting today or tomorrow, so that The One, HRO (His Royal Obamaness), the Savior can sign the Bill on President’s Day, Monday.

What I am is a techno-mechanic sales guy; someone that came to an interest in politics very late and having to work through and read a lot of nonsense and BS to try to make up for my lackadaisical attitude toward what impacted my life the first 46 years.

I had my Republican Epiphany in ’78 (during TWO’s–the Worthless One’s=Carter–regime) while in the Navy serving on a submarine out of Norfolk (which at the time was in VA, whose slogan then was “Welcome to VEPCO (the utility co back then), formerly know as Virginia). It was then that during a cruise ( I was on a fast attack boat so we went out for undetermined amounts of time, “boomers”–the ballistic missle subs– had the luxury of 100 day rotations) that I was bored enough (and after I had finished my qualifications) to look hard at my paycheck and realized that the amount of taxes I paid during the year actually paid my own salary for 4 months since I was employed by the government–so I was working for free for 4 months!  That realization was enough for me to change from being an Independent to a Republican. At that moment in time I had only voted once, for the the guy I thought was the best choice and because (primarily) the Doobie Brothers backed him–yep, I hoisted myself on my own petard–Carter. I also considered myself a liberal kind of guy becasue I grew up and came of age in the 60s and early 70s; but with age comes contemplation and I realize now I was always a conservative, even back with long hair and rock-n-roll, disgusted with all things political and the “man”. I never blamed the soldiers (I had a number of friends that served, and 3 that never made it home) in ‘Nam for anything, in fact, the only protest I participated in was the day of the Kent State “Masacre”–we walked out of class as the news spread and prayed at the flagpole for “our” fallen. Not silly, even now (of course, you couldn’t pray on school grounds now), that we did that, but other than that I took part in nothing else regarding that turmoil and tumultuos times.

But I’ve digressed, I am no longer a neophyte to the crap that all politicians–Repubs, RINOs, Demo & Demon-crats, even Indpendents or whatever else– say and do to get in and keep office. 9/11 changed me further–it made me pay attention, and after those terrible days, I kept paying attention. So now, I am not an innocent to what things they put forth will or won’t affect my life and livelihood. I have learned, especially since 9/11, what these assholes in Congress, the Senate and the Presidency, as well as the Cabinet, Justice, State and Judicial branch “employees” all want to do–stay alive in politics!

They don’t care how they get or keep their position; they don’t care about me or you; they only care for the power that “we” give them; but then, they want to keep and hold that power until they die, and in some cases treat as a legacy to pass on to their progeny, surrogates and wards. So in my infinite political wisdom (sarc) I’ve garnered in the last seven years, I realized all the above, but as well, that no one but myself is ever going to do anything for this 54 (almost) year old, white, Baptist, middle-class background and current (until I became unemployed) “social”standing, “Conservi-can” male. Actually, I determined that in ’78, but in the last seven years I’ve had to rely on others to keep me save from those that would destroy us. Now, today, I have to worry about those within my government that would destroy us from the inside with their “Spendulus Bill”.

I spent the early morning hours today reading various articles that explain what’s happening and going to happen with this Bill much better than I can. I’m going to list these 4 most direct and informative of those I’ve read in the last week for you to read as trying to post effective parts or paragraphs would taken even more room than I’ve taken already. So, I leave it up to you to read and digest for yourselves what is being done to us by these political animals who know better than experts or those unwashed masses (us) what is good for the country. From everything I read (with my logical approach to understanding being the techno-mechanical guy–see above), this payoff/spendulus/pork-ridden/government expansion Bill, will do nothing for anyone except themselves (those that are passing this thing) and construction (light or heavy), union and munifedgov (municipal & federal government employees) folks. There is nothing in this bill to stimulate what the majority of us out in the real world do for a living–private sector/consumer jobs. There is nothing to drive the technology or give us any way to drive the consumer spending in this bill, other than $13 a week more in our paychecks! Man, now that’s a “tax-cut”! They were afraid we’d pay bills or save the $400 or $800 (single or married) if they sent a check–so they’re going to just ctu the taxes a few dollars. Great! Yahooo! Yippee! The rest of the bill is nothing more than Demon-crat spending to those who brung them to the dance! So, what does it do for the rest of us? Nothing! They even cut the things for those of us that are unemployed–help with COBRA health payments and extension or increase in benefits.

It is too late to hope that the Tri-RINOs (Specter, Snow & Collins) have enough heart and soul to VOTE NO, we know they won’t. We can only watch and wait to see exactly what will happen as the Bill is paid out–we can’t even see where the money’s really going go until the thing is signed!

Let me know if any of the few of you that’ll read this can explain it better than the four I’m suggesting that you read or if you can explain how this is going to benefit me, mine and you in the near future, or the far future, for that matter.

Thanks, I’ll look forward to your input; here’s the list:

John Shadegg : Rationing Healthcare Creates Jobs?

Daniel Henninger: Exactly How Does Stimulus Work?

KARL ROVE
Obama’s Legislative Victory Comes at High Cost

STEVEN F. HAYWARD
Obama Misreads His Mandate

Do You REALLY Know what this Bill means?

February 10, 2009

Holy Crap!  I don’t even know where to start this!

Let me try this, The Democrats are doing what we’ve fought against forever–they’re getting their Socialized Health Care through the Back Door of the Stimulus Bill.

Buried deep in the hard-to-read Bill, of course intentially, is the Nationalization – and rationing – of health care is in the stimulus bill!Betsy McCaughy of Bloomberg has brought the alert out yesterday.

The bill’s health rules will affect “every individual in the United States” (445, 454, 479). Your medical treatments will be tracked electronically by a federal system. Having electronic medical records at your fingertips, easily transferred to a hospital, is beneficial. It will help avoid duplicate tests and errors.

But the bill goes further. One new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal is to reduce costs and “guide” your doctor’s decisions (442, 446). These provisions in the stimulus bill are virtually identical to what Daschle prescribed in his 2008 book, “Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.” According to Daschle, doctors have to give up autonomy and “learn to operate less like solo practitioners.”

Keeping doctors informed of the newest medical findings is important, but enforcing uniformity goes too far.

So, folks, if you’re a “boomer” or older, you’re going die a whole sooner than you were just weeks ago. GOT IT?! If you have health issues, diabetes, high blood pressure, degenerative bone or muscle disease, you smoke, eat meat, drink too much, you are going to be shit-out-of-luck, sorry no sugar coating, cutesie-wutesie spelling–plain and simple–We Are Screwed!

They are taking this one step further than even the Canadian Health Care System or Euro-Social Health Care, etc.–they are grading your life automatically via electronic records that the “state” will look at, as this Program does.  They are going to electronically input your health data, then electronically sort the data and give you a Health Grade, this in turn will determine where you will be in line for your needs or issues. If your Grade is low, then you wait, if it’s high (you’re 30, run 5 miles a day, don’t smoke, a vegan and  only drink recycled pee-water in a refillable bio-degradable bottle), then you go to the front of the line.

Now, we won’t have the opportunity the rest of the world that have similar free or socialized medicine/health care have today, which is to come to the U.S. to get the Health care when they can’t get it at home. They won’t come here anymore AND we won’t have anywhere to go.

The Democratic Cowards know that this would not pass stand alone as a Program Bill so they stuck in the Stimulus Bill hoping no one would notice.

I sent out Ten eMails to Senators (including Snowe & Collins, the RINOS that are helping to pass this bill along with Specter) last night about this, you should do the same to your Senators, your Congress reps and everyone that will listen. Here is the Senate member Link:  Senate Home,  just either select your state or the Senator’s name you want to contact.  Do it NOW!

Even FoxNews is talking about it now & Drudge had it this morning (it wasn’t there last evening).

Read the Bloomberg article and stop this Bill–it is not in our best or healthy interest–it certainly isn’t stimulus!

UPDATE:Arlen Specter (Rino, PA) was just on FNC with Megan Kelley and clarilied–yes, clari-LIED, his way through the segment and said he’d not take back his commitment to vote for the Bill! He tried to say that he wouldn’t let it “broaden” any further, but that means he’s okay with how it reads now!  He’s a Lying-Sack-of-Shit RINO bastard. Contact your Senators, including Snowe & Collins–I said in my eMail last night that Specer was worthless, and he’s just confirmed it if you didn’t know it before. As Worf would say, ‘He’s a waste of Skin.’

UPDATE 2:FoxNews followed up (fair & balanced, ya’know) with  Sen. John Tester(Demon-crat, MT) used words like: “If” , “I’m not sure”, & “I think”–finally, “If it’s in there, we’ll get it out, but it should take us to 21st century health care.” AND, “It’s putting people back to work.” Holy Crap (again)! Geez, folks they’re voting for this in an hour & a half at 11AM CST!   BTW, I just took my BP which is usually considered normal/good at around 120/80–it was 142/90–guess I’m doomed under this bill!

FINAL UPDATE:Well, it passed with  the same vote count it passed Cloture yesterday, 61-37. The RINOS did it, they sold our souls down the river.  So, now it passes to the conferences to redraft the bill with the House, which means it will be bigger and those things taken out by the RINO negotiations will go back in. $838Billion will probably go back and over $900B.

Welcome to Socialism, folks, I hope those that wanted it enjoy it and those of us that didn’t know that we must stand up and fight anyway we can to stop what has been passed. Do not agree to allowing your life to be controlled by the  “State”.