An egg farmer went to his hen house, to the nest of his best layer, and discovered that instead of an egg, the nest contained a quarter, a dime, a nickel and a few pennies. He took the change and the chicken to the vet and told his tale. The vet answered " Its not a big deal, she's just going through her change.".Not all change is improvement. Our elected leaders need to learn the difference between the two concepts, they are not identical. Replacing one tyrant with another does not solve the problem of tyranny. Replacing a monarch with an autocrat is not an improvement. Replacing the Mubarak regime with the Muslim Brotherhood will not improve the lot of the mill run of Egyptians. What good did replacing the Shah with an Ayatollah do for Iranians? Rioting peaks on Friday afternoons. That is not a coincidence; the riots result from the sermons preached at Jumah Salat. It is an Islamic movement, not a democratic movement. If the believers succeed in overthrowing Mubarak & Hussain, there will be consequences. The peace treaties with Israel will be abrogated and a new war will result in the near term future, likely resulting in widespread death and destruction. The economies of Egypt & Jordan will decline, resulting in starvation for many on the lowest rungs of the economic ladder. If those revolts succeed, more will follow against other regimes. The price of oil will escalate, resulting in damage to our economy. It is a matter of momentum. If the rioters think they can get away with it; if Mubarak does not use sufficient force to quell them, then all is lost. If he cracks down, his regime will lose face. If not, he will lose his sinecure. Shutting off the internet and cell phone communication is vitally necessary to interrupting the revolution's command, control, coordination & intelligence functions. To us, it appears to be an outrage. To the regime, it is a basic necessity for survival. To Muslims, success is a function of obedient submission to Allah in all details. They perceive failure & suffering to be the fruits of disobedience to Allah. Reimposing strict enforcement of Shari'ah is their proposed solution. The Qur'an & sunnah condemn revolution against a just ruler who enforces Shari'ah. To rationalize revolt, they must commit takfir, declaring the regime to be un-Islamic. Nothing good can come of this in the short run.
Friday, January 28, 2011
In this installment on the STOTU we turn to Immigration issues. [Click this link for the Prepared Remarks.]
Obamination won't even complete the fence, which drug lords are using a catapault to overcome. Mexicans are not the only wet backs. Numerous Muslim terrorists are mingling with them but Obamination does not give a damn. He has his Secret Service to protect himself, the rest of us don't matter to him. Illegal immigrants are more likely to organize gangs of street thugs and found Meth labs than to engage in scientific research or found legitimate enterprises. Masses of illegal immigrants are threatening the financial viability of our schools and hospitals. We need to say it again, to repeat it with higher volume and increased profanity. We must make the newly elected and installed majority in the House of Representatives fully aware of our absolute, principled and permanent objection to alien amnesty schemes. Send this link to your Congressman:
Didn't we say NO already Didn't we repeat it loudly and clearly? And when they tried to ram the "DREAM Act" down our throats we shouted our refusal to accept it. Obamination will not accept a negative answer any more than Shrub did.
LOUD & CLEAR.
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In this installment on the STOTU we turn to education issues. [Click this link for the Prepared Remarks.]
Race? Who are we competing against in a speed contest to educate our kids? Are the Chinese, Russians and Arabs racing to educate our kids? Has technological innovation created jobs or eliminated them? Where are cell phones manufactured? Is the rest of the world educating their children in ten years instead of twelve?
About those drop outs: are they among the best & brightest or are they from the ranks of the less endowed intellectually? Why did they drop out? Frustration with inability to learn, boredom, harassment, and bullying & violence in the schools are a few of the possible causes. Or are the drop outs lured away by such attractions as music, drugs, street gangs, hustling and just 'hanging out' with their buddies? How do you propose to solve that problem? Will you retain the disinterested with a full curriculum of movies, cartoons, concerts and video games and present them with a meaningless, worthless diploma they won't be able to read? Or will you pay them a salary while they stay in school?
Where did that statistic about the educational requirement of new jobs come from? Is there any truth in it? How does President Obama know what the new jobs are going to be or what level of education they will require?
The best masters of propaganda mix a little truth in with the manure. Obama fits that pattern. Nurturing curiosity and directing it into deep rather than shallow, short term channels begins at home. What does he expect from illiterate welfare queens raising large mixed parentage families in the squalor of our inner cities? They will yield a few gems and a great deal of gravel.
How much do our universities spend on HVAC & illumination? What impact will government policies that skyrocket utility costs have on those expenditures? Cap & trade won't make higher education more affordable. Using corn to make motor fuel will increase the cost of meals in the cafeteria.
When Sputnik went up, the school board raised the standards but we did not learn more, we just got lower grades. If you want more college graduates, you should look for ways to make post secondary education affordable. $2500. per year in tax credits does not scratch the surface, it is an idiotic symbolic gesture.
Several of the 'Magnificent Nineteen' obtained training in America as part of their mission of murder. Perhaps that should give Obama pause for reflection. We are training enemies, not just competitors. Consider the impact of those illegal immigrants on our schools. How much money would we save if they were not here? Why are they here? Why have we left our southern border wide open for so long?
Case in point: Barack Obama Sr. came to America to study and returned to Kenya. Barack Jr.'s mother went to Indonesia to work. Had Obama stayed here, he would have been part of the 'brain drain'. Had he stayed in Kenya, we would probably be far better off today.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
In this installment on the STOTU we turn to economic issues. [Click this link for the Prepared Remarks.]
Mounting deficits & debt load are counterproductive in the worst way. They discourage consumer, investor & entrepreneurial confidence. Hard work and industry are not rewarded by proposals to raise taxes on income. Raising taxes reduces the funds available for investment and discretionary spending. Success is rewarded, failure is punished; hard work does not equate to success. Most new startups fail within five years. The success stories we hear about are the exception, not the rule. Escalating inflation in fuel, food, transportation, energy, insurance and medical services reduce the discretionary income available for investment and discretionary purchases. We can't pay more and buy more without earning more. We can't earn more without jobs. We can't have more jobs unless people are able and willing to purchase the goods and services produced by people working in those jobs. We do not have any leadership to sustain; we have a misleader in the land's highest office. Obama is leading us onto the on ramp of the expressway to ruin.
In keeping with the manure pile concept, that paragraph contains a rich mix. It begins with politics, with references to the immediate past and near future elections. President Obama denied the obvious: the State of the Union Address is the first major campaign speech of the 2012 presidential contest.
The establishment of new jobs and industries can not be facilitated by government action, it can only be hindered. Creating a climate of uncertainty is the worst possible hindrance to startups. Business requires the ability to plan ahead, and that implies certainty, continuity & predictability. When radical changes are threatened, the required certainty & predictability are destroyed. Investors will keep their assets in cash or readily converted instruments in the absence of predictability.
The stock market remains volatile and its gains are reversible. Which corporate profits are up and how much? Is that a function of their recent staff reductions? How much is the economy growing and how much of that is real growth?
The small business owner can not make his enterprise thrive and grow while burdened by inflation, uncertainty, foreign competition and multiplying layers of regulations and restrictions. We can not give the next generation opportunities for a better life while pursuing policies and actions that drag down and promise to destroy our economy.
Jobs do not offer quality of life. Jobs yield income which enables us to purchase the goods and services we need and want. Quality of life is a complex concept involving much more than employment and income.
"My way or the highway" would be closer to the real meaning of that sentence. Those who understand the elemental laws of economics must submit in silence; go along to get along or suffer condemnation as 'obstructionists' who 'block progress'.
If the Republicans had not won a majority in the House of Representatives last November, you would have happily let the rate reductions expire. Disposable incomes would be considerably lower if you had not been forced to sign the extension into law. No benefit was done; a great injury was staved off for two years. How many businesses have the cash reserves or credit necessary to invest in new investments in equipment? How many businesses have the sales potential to make economic use of expanded plants and equipment? If full write offs are such a good thing, why do it for one year; why not make it permanent? How many new jobs were created last year? How many were destroyed? What was the real net gain and how does that compare to a normal year?
In reality, you were dragged kicking and screaming into extending current income tax rates for two years. If your party would 'work together' the tax rate reductions made on Shrub's watch would be permanent, so that no extension would be required. The ten year sunset clause was a 'crat demand. Yours is the party of raising taxes.
"Many people watching tonight can probably remember a time when finding a good job meant showing up at a nearby factory or a business downtown. You didn’t always need a degree, and your competition was pretty much limited to your neighbors. If you worked hard, chances are you’d have a job for life, with a decent paycheck, good benefits, and the occasional promotion. Maybe you’d even have the pride of seeing your kids work at the same company.
That world has changed. And for many, the change has been painful. I’ve seen it in the shuttered windows of once booming factories, and the vacant storefronts of once busy Main Streets. I’ve heard it in the frustrations of Americans who’ve seen their paychecks dwindle or their jobs disappear – proud men and women who feel like the rules have been changed in the middle of the game."
The change mentioned above is the result of the golden goose being strangled by by Obama's allies: unions. With the retirement of the Baby Boom generation, those hidden costs are threatening the solvency of the government as well as major industries. 'More for less; forever more' does not work in the long run. Demagogues who deny that fact are part of the problem, not part of the4 solution.
Steel mills closed because of extortionate union contracts, burdensome government regulations and foreign competition. Fifty years ago, economic development was a major foreign policy objective. It still is. Those who want to stimulate 'economic development' in Africa & Asia seem to be incapable of comprehending the fact that competition with our own industries is an unintended consequence of their foreign policy.
Computer software and entertainment can be delivered through an internet connection. Real physical factors of production and consumer goods require physical delivery. Obama's attacks on the petroleum industry are making delivery of goods more expensive, increasing inflation.
Translation: Pay higher taxes & prices; sacrifice your lifestyle without any present or future benefit because of a power grab by greedy politicians and their cronies in the union movement.
How many people are employed by Google and Facebook? How many people will they and similar corporations employ? How does that compare to the number of full time jobs lost in the steel, auto and petroleum industries? How many of the recently unemployed have a hope of gaining jobs with Google, etc?
Great! Computer chips designed in Israel and produced in Asia. Computers assembled in Asia. American jobs, yeah, right.
"Clean energy" is the biggest boondoggle. Every day we consume vast quantities of liquid fuel which contains 160,000 btu per gallon. It is not possible to replace that fuel without matching its energy content and there is no alternative fuel that matches its energy density. The scope and scale of the problem are incomprehensible. There is no alternative energy source. No matter what you burn, you consume oxygen and generate products of combustion. The problems of industrial scale production & distribution should be sufficient to warn off any thinking person. Electricity is not an alternative energy source. Most of it is produced by burning oil, gas or coal. We are paying more for food and riots are breaking out in other parts of the world as a predictable consequence of diverting corn from food to motor fuel production. There is no replacement for oil, and if there was, reducing our dependence of Arabian oil would not increase our security unless we were willing to confront Islam, which no current politician is willing to do. We need leadership with brains, spines & testicles; those are not functions of reduced oil consumption. Anthropomorphic global climate change is a big lie, as an increasing number of people are discovering. Countless can be a very small number such as zero, it does not need to be a large number. New jobs? Yeah, right. Pedicab operators & bike couriers?
We are faced with insolvency, so the President proposes massive new spending. Its like buying a brewery for an alcoholic. Whenever Obama says "invest" it really means more taxes, more debt, more deficit and more inflation.
Assuming 30mpg., the energy consumption is about 5,333 btu/mile. One KWH is about 3412.1416 BTUH. That is about 1.6 KWH per mile. Assume that each of those million electric vhicles travels 10,000 miles per year. Where are those 1.2 billion KWH coming from? Solar cells & windmills, yeah, right.
Where is Obama letting oil companies explore for and produce oil? Where is he permitting the construction of refineries? Why are we dependent on oil produced in areas ruled by people inimical to our interests? Considering the current price of $3.20 per gallon, how will Obama's scheme affect our pocket books? Where was your head when you voted for him??
You voted for change; you are getting it. Are you satisfied yet?
Translation: drastic inflation: increased prices for electricity and motor fuel, further reductions in our lifestyles, fewer jobs and another great depression. Natural gas is a byproduct of the oil production process. Get a clue, for Chrissake!! Clean coal?? Obama bragged that he would destroy the coal industry. Nuclear power? Litigation, regulations, insurance costs and union rates have made it impossible to build new reactors.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
The last two years? As if only President Obama has had opposition, and contention is monopolar. Does anyone remember what the nattering nabobs of negativism said about Nixon, Goldwater, Reagan, Bush Clinton & Shrub? Assertions of warmongering extremism cost Goldwater his hope of election. Does anyone remember the vitreol spewed at the judicial nominees of Reagan, Bush & Shrub?
Cooperation = bipartisanship = Republicans surrender their 'principles' and "go along to get along". Mixed seating is a matter of symbolism: symbolic of a fallacy. When one side wants more of the poison that made the nation ill and the other wants a cure, there is no practical compromise. If a husband wants to use hydrochloric acid to clear a drain and his wife wants to use sodium hydroxide, mixing the two may poison them both by releasing chlorine. Some things should not be compromised. "Work together" is another expression of the same dishonest concept.
We face the threat of a greater depression; the total ruination of the economy. We face the threat of national insolvency; the prospect of eroded faith & credit. We face the threat of rationing of medical tests & treatments;' of bureaucrats making arbitrary life or death decisions. We face increased costs and prices that will make medical goods and services beyond the reach of a growing mass of citizens. We face the prospect of more businesses closing as insurance premiums become unbearable. New laws should only pass on their merits, not based on which party proposes or opposes them. Content, substance & effects, including unanticipated consequences and diseconomies must be considered above partisan advantage through emotive nomenclature & propaganda.
Expectations? Sixty percent of the electorate cast their votes for congressional candidates who they believed were most likely to assist in the repeal of Obama Don't Care. Governing responsibly involves simple and direct solutions, not 2700 pages of convoluted bafflegab.