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I Inherited the Deficit
Sunday, October 31st, 2010 | Author:

The Washington Post babbled again recently about Obama inheriting a huge deficit from Bush.  Amazingly enough, many citizens acccept this nonsense.  So once more, let’s have a short lesson in Civics:

Budgets do not come from the White House. They come from Congress, and the party that has controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democratic Party. They controlled the budget process for FY 2008 and FY 2009, as well as FY 2010 and FY 2011. In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases.

For FY 2009 though, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama could take office. At that time, they passed a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the FY 2009 budgets.

And where was Barack Obama during this time? He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President to complete FY 2009. Let’s remember what the deficits looked like during that period (see below):

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If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the FY 2007 deficit, the last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending. After that, Democrats in Congress took control of spending, and that includes Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets. If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself.

In a nutshell, what Obama is saying is: “I inherited a deficit that I voted for and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold since January 20th, 2010.”

Hat tip to Slick

Trick or Treat for the 2010 Elections
Saturday, October 30th, 2010 | Author:

Trick or treat 2010

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Snake Oil Salesman
Friday, October 29th, 2010 | Author:

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More Idiot Sightings
Thursday, October 28th, 2010 | Author:

Idiot Sighting 5 – My daughter went to a local Taco Bell and ordered a taco.  She asked the person behind the counter for ‘minimal lettuce.’  He said he was sorry, but they only had iceberg lettuce.  

Idiot Sighting 6 – I was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an airport employee asked, “Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?”  To which I replied, “If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?”  He smiled knowingly and nodded, “That’s why we ask.”  

Idiot Sighting 7 – The stop-light on the corner buzzes when it’s safe to cross the street.   I was crossing with an intellectually challenged co-worker of mine.  She asked if I knew what the buzzer was for.  I explained that it signals blind people when the light is red.  Appalled, she responded, “What on earth are blind people doing driving?  

Idiot Sighting 8 – I work with an individual who plugged her power strip back into itself and for the sake of her life, couldn’t understand why her system would not turn on.  

Idiot Sighting 9 – When my husband and I arrived at an automobile dealership to pick up our car, we were told the keys had been locked in it. We went to the service department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the driver side door.  As I watched from the passenger side, I instinctively tried the door handle and discovered that it was unlocked. “Hey,” I announced to the technician, “It’s open!”  His reply, “I know.   I already got that side.”

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The Political Party of Lawyers
Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 | Author:

The Democratic Party has become the Lawyers Party. Barack Obama is a lawyer. Michelle Obama is a lawyer. Hillary Clinton is a lawyer. Bill Clinton is a lawyer. John Edwards is a lawyer. Elizabeth Edwards is a lawyer. Every Democrat nominee since 1984 went to law school (although Gore did not graduate). Every Democrat vice presidential nominee since 1976, except for Lloyd Bentsen, went to law school. Look at leaders of the Democrat Party in Congress: Harry Reid is a lawyer. Nancy Pelosi is a lawyer.

The Republican Party is different. George W Bush is a businessman. Vice President Cheney is a businessman. The leaders of the Republican Revolution: Newt Gingrich was a history professor. Tom Delay was an exterminator. Dick Armey was an economist. House Minority Leader Boehner was a plastics manufacturer. The former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is a heart surgeon.

Who was the last Republican president who was a lawyer? Gerald Ford, who left office 31 years ago and who barely, won the Republican nomination as a sitting president, running against Ronald Reagan in 1976.

The Republican Party is made up of real people doing real work, who are often the targets of lawyers. The Democrat Party is made up of lawyers. Democrats mock and scorn men who create wealth, like Bush and Cheney, or who heal the sick, like Frist, or who immerse themselves in history, like Gingrich.

The Lawyers Party sees these sorts of people, who provide goods and services that people want, as the enemies of America. And, so we have seen the procession of official enemies, in the eyes of the Lawyers Party, grow.

Against whom do Hillary and Obama rail, Pharmaceutical companies, oil companies, hospitals, manufacturers, fast food restaurant chains, large retail businesses, bankers, and anyone producing anything of value in our nation.

This is the natural consequence of viewing everything through the eyes of lawyers. Lawyers solve problems by successfully representing their clients, in this case the American people. Lawyers seek to have new laws passed, they seek to win lawsuits, they press appellate courts to overturn precedent, and lawyers always parse language to favor their side.

Confined to the narrow practice of law, that is fine. But it is an awful way to govern a great nation. When politicians as lawyers begin to view some Americans as clients and other Americans as opposing parties, then the role of the legal system in our life becomes all-consuming. Some Americans become adverse parties of our very government. We are not all litigants in some vast social class-action suit. We are citizens of a republic that promises us a great deal of freedom from laws, from courts, and from lawyers.

Today, we are drowning in laws; we are contorted by judicial decisions; we are driven to distraction by omnipresent lawyers in all parts of our once private lives. America has a place for laws and lawyers, but that place is modest and reasonable, not vast and unchecked. When the most important decision for our next president is whom he will appoint to the Supreme Court, the role of lawyers and the law in America is too big. When House Democrats sue America in order to hamstring our efforts to learn what our enemies are planning to do to us, then the role of litigation in America has become crushing.

We cannot expect the Lawyers Party to provide real change, real reform or real hope in America Most Americans know that a republic in which every major government action must be blessed by nine unelected judges is not what Washington intended in 1789. Most Americans grasp that we cannot fight a war when ACLU lawsuits snap at the heels of our defenders. Most Americans intuit that more lawyers and judges will not restore declining moral values or spark the spirit of enterprise in our economy.

Perhaps Americans will understand that change cannot be brought to our nation by those lawyers who already largely dictate American society and business. Perhaps Americans will see that hope does not come from the mouths of lawyers but from personal dreams nourished by hard work. Perhaps Americans will embrace the truth that more lawyers with more power will only make our problems worse.

The United States has 5% of the world’s population and 66% of the world’s lawyers! Tort (Legal) reform legislation has been introduced in congress several times in the last several years to limit punitive damages in ridiculous lawsuits such as spilling hot coffee on yourself and suing the establishment that sold it to you and also to limit punitive damages in huge medical malpractice lawsuits. This legislation has continually been blocked from even being voted on by the Democrat Party. When you see that 97% of the political contributions from the American Trial Lawyers Association go to the Democrat Party, then you realize who is responsible for our medical and product costs being so high!

Thanks to Slick for passing this on…

The Best Tank in the World
Tuesday, October 26th, 2010 | Author:

Take a look at this video about the Merkava…

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Top Universities, Ranked by Job Recruiters
Monday, October 25th, 2010 | Author:

In a recent poll conducted by The Wall Street Journal, Carnegie Mellon University was ranked the #1 school in the field of computer science by job recruiters looking for new hires.  The Ohio State University ranked #13 in the field of engineering.

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Green is now Blue
Sunday, October 24th, 2010 | Author:

This “green” movement is very similar to the Obama candidacy — expectations set way too high.  In addition, you can’t coerce people into adopting environmentally-aware policies with threats.  Engineers know that there is no free lunch, and it’s all about making trade-offs amongst alternative solutions.

While visiting my son at school, I came across an article in the school newspaper that detailed the virtues of the new artificial surface used on the soccer field.   The article proclaimed the wonders of the new surface that “will save the environment because they won’t have to use lawn mowers to cut the grass…”  (hmm).   I wonder if the writers thought about the chemicals used to make the synthetic surface, or the energy consumed to install the grass, or the run-off from the polymers… Rest assured that some years down the road, the same paper will exclaim that the synthetic turf is bad for the environment.

Unicorns, Rainbows, and Obama
Saturday, October 23rd, 2010 | Author:

My buddy, Mikey B, forward this commentary from Charles Krauthammer to me.  A few excerpts:

Faced with this truly puzzling conundrum, Dr. Obama diagnoses a heretofore undiscovered psychological derangement: anxiety-induced Obama Underappreciation Syndrome, wherein an entire population is so addled by its economic anxieties as to be neurologically incapable of appreciating the “facts and science” undergirding Obamacare and the other blessings their president has bestowed upon them from on high…

Even as we speak, the social-democratic model Obama is openly and boldly trying to move America toward is unraveling in Europe. It’s not just the real prospect of financial collapse in Greece, Spain, Portugal and Ireland, with even the relatively more stable major countries in severe distress…

The story of the last two years is as simple as it is dramatic. It is the epic story of an administration with a highly ideological agenda encountering a rising resistance from the American people over the major question in dispute: the size and reach and power of government and, even more fundamentally, the nature of the American social contract.

If you’re some of the people that are receiving a net $ gain from the administration of the Manchurian Marxist Moslem, I can understand your rationale for supporting Obama.  On the other hand, if you’re just some liberal Jew — say in some profession such as optometry — I think that you must believe in unicorns and rainbows.

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The Politics of Breast Cancer
Friday, October 22nd, 2010 | Author:

Update – It appears that I’m not the only one asking this question….  A recent article in Breitbart from Alicia Colon observes:

I come from a cancer riddled family. My father died of stomach cancer; my sister of leukemia, a niece of pancreatic cancer; another of ovarian cancer. I would dearly love for us to find a cure but I wonder why it is that Breast Cancer has become the darling of Hollywood celebrities. AIDS research is another disease that gets more attention from Hollywood than any other… In 2001, AIDS research got $4,439 per patient from NIH, breast cancer $290, Parkinson’s $175. Diabetes, which killed more people than AIDS and breast cancer combined, got $41. Heart disease, the number one killer, got $58.

Oct 4, 2010 – Does anyone else feel that this focus on breast cancer stuff is way over-marketed?   Why are we being inundated with this pink ribbon stuff?  Does breast cancer deserve some special status among diseases… Now don’t get me wrong, I certainly don’t want to see anyone getting breast cancer, but is it worse than the prostate cancer that killed my best friend Dave Wittman?  Or worse than the Parkinson’s that killed my mother?

The last straw for me was looking in the newspaper and seeing an article, “Breast Cancer Awareness in the Classroom.”   What is the purpose of focusing on teaching breast cancer to elementary school students?  Is this tantamount to teaching first graders how to use a condom?  What is the purpose of all of this?

Perhaps it’s time to start wearing a blue bow tie in recognition of prostate cancer…

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