Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Revenue to GDP

W. Kurt Hauser: There's No Escaping Hauser's Law - WSJ.com:

The history of taxation in the US shows that one has a maximum revenue choice unless we drastically change taxation with something like a VAT.

Since the '50s we have been running between 15 and 19% of GDP through good and bad. So the max is 19% of a growing GDP pie.

The Most Persistent Economic Fallacy of All Time!



This ought to be required viewing for every American. It is PRODUCTION that matters, not SPENDING!

Friday, September 23, 2011

B0, A Value, Not a Scent

Return of the real Obama - The Washington Post:

As Charles quotes Goldwater at the end "A choice, not an echo".

The real B0 is back -- with the stench of complete re-distributive "spread the wealth around" at all costs, even a LOSS of revenue to the federal government.

Why? Because to liberals like BO "fairness" in some cosmic abstract sense that none of them can truly define, is of infinite value. "Fair is good", even if it impoverishes us all.

And it does. It is DIVERSITY that gives us life, vigor, excitement, hope, success, wealth. Tic Tac Toe becomes boring quickly, far too easy for all to be "equally good". DIFFERENTIAL ABILITY is the essence of humanity -- it is what makes us special. It was no accident at all that the once-greatest nation on earth allowed vast differences in wealth. It allowed vast differences in speaking, math, sports, and acting ability as well -- and compensated people accordingly.

Aaron Rodgers makes much more than 100x the salary of the worst active QB in the country -- probably on a sandlot near you this weekend. Aaron Rodgers makes millions, the worst QB makes ZERO.

Zero is strange, and I am very afraid of our ability to escape the clutches of B-ZERO before he multiplies our nation completely by zero.

40% of those that reported a million dollars in '08 have already gone missing. How many more "millionaires" have to be done away with before we realize that we are hurting ourselves most of all.

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Intercontinental Railroad? BO Bridge?

New gaffe: Obama hails America's historic building of 'the Intercontinental Railroad' - latimes.com:

I bet he meant TRANScontinental . Hey, but at least they are starting to show up more and more now. Remember our how our nation used to reel with laughter at every "Bushism"? Why they even had funny calendars once.

Those were the good old days though. Now that we are mired in the grips of B-ZERO-nomics, the world just feels a lot less light and funny.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Spot the Idiot??

More Math Jokes | Power Line:

This is unbelievable! If the MSM doesn't have some fun with this one, they are so in the tank that it completely defies description.

Some one said "They asked the group, Who wants Barack Obama to be re-elected??"

Certainly this COULD have happened to anyone, BUT the MSM enjoyed killing the career of a VP for misspelling "potato" (when it was misspelled on the card he was to check against).

If you want "fair", don't run for president!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

BO Lies, Jobs Die

Fact check: The wealthy already pay more taxes – USATODAY.com:

No surprise here to anyone that is awake and not making money off higher taxes.

Buffet is in the group making more money off higher taxes -- tax sheltered funds are one of the things he sells, and all his income is capital gains, thus, he is GREAT with people having pay more in taxes. It means they will have more of a tendency to buy his tax sheltered investment products.

BO and Buffet would seem to be strange bedfellows ... until one looks just a little below the surface it makes perfect sense.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Carbon Cult

The American Spectator : Welcome to the Carbon Cult:

It isn't how many people (scientists or otherwise) believe something, it is wether it is correct or not!!!

Friedman has gone just plain nutty on Climate Change.

The following from Dr. Ivar Giaever's resignation letter from American Physical Society based on their climate claims:
His letter to the APS gets right to the point of how science has been perverted by the Carbon Cult: "In the APS it is ok to discuss whether the mass of the proton changes over time and how a multi-universe behaves, but the evidence of global warming is incontrovertible? The claim (how can you measure the average temperature of the whole earth for a whole year?) is that the temperature has changed from ~288.0 to ~288.8 degree Kelvin in about 150 years, which (if true) means to me is that the temperature has been amazingly stable, and both human health and happiness have definitely improved in this 'warming' period." It's no wonder that Giaever realizes that "global warming has become a new religion," and that "We frequently hear about the number of scientists who support it. But the number is not important: only whether they are correct is important."

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"Right Now" BO Style

Obama's urgent jobs plan: Right now, 'right now' means sometime next month maybe - latimes.com

When the MSM is on your side, you can be completely 100% shameless!! Note, this is the LA Times, not Fox ... so it IS "0ut there", it is just so quiet that it is very hard to find.

So, given the president's professed urgency, the next day, Sept. 9, everyone asked where was his jobs legislation?

And, well, it seems the urgent jobs bill hadn't actually been written yet but should be ready in a week or two. When the laughter died, the White House said on second thought the legislation would be ready for a photo op the next Monday.

Well, here we are on the next Monday after that next Monday and we've just learned from the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, Dick Durbin, that actually it seems that body won't really be seriously getting into the legislation for a while yet. The Senate has some other more important business to handle. And then there's this month's congressional vacation, which in Washington is called "a recess," like elementary school.

Turns out all those claims about "The Republicans being slow on the "jobs bill"??? Complete hogwash ... it hasn't been SUBMITTED yet, and the SENATE, Controlled by Democrats is in NO HURRY to pick up this dogs breakfast of flim flam and already failed policies to jack up the deficit even more than it is now!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Worse Than Greece

America's debt woe is worse than Greece's - CNN.com:

I agree with his debt analysis:

The government's total indebtedness -- its fiscal gap -- now stands at $211 trillion, by my arithmetic. The fiscal gap is the difference, measured in present value, between all projected future spending obligations -- including our huge defense expenditures and massive entitlement programs, as well as making interest and principal payments on the official debt -- and all projected future taxes.

The data underlying this figure come straight from the horse's mouth -- the Congressional Budget Office. The CBO's June 22Alternative Fiscal Scenario presents nothing less than a Greek tragedy. It's actually worse than the Greek tragedy now playing in Athens. Our fiscal gap is 14 times our GDP. Greece's fiscal gap is 12 times its GDP, according to Professor Bernd Raffelhüschen of the University of Freiburg.

We are the brokest nation on earth and the brokest nation in history.

I might even buy into some version of his "purple tax" ... I can't see how much he is cutting entitlements and then going with something like a flat tax. Couple of interesting links that I hope to take a look at later.


Sunday, September 18, 2011

If It Feels Right - NYTimes.com

If It Feels Right - NYTimes.com

If you have kids, this article is likely to bring you close to tears as it did me. If you have been a good enough and lucky enough parent so your kids have largely escaped the hammer blows that have destroyed our culture,   congratulations and thank you. Your kids may have a chance to lead us from this wilderness at some time in the future.
In most times and in most places, the group was seen to be the essential moral unit. A shared religion defined rules and practices. Cultures structured people’s imaginations and imposed moral disciplines. But now more people are led to assume that the free-floating individual is the essential moral unit. Morality was once revealed, inherited and shared, but now it’s thought of as something that emerges in the privacy of your own heart.
The extended family, the church, the social organization (Chamber of Commerce, Elks, Kiwanis, etc), the local government, the state government, and far off and not much seen, the nation were all interlocking elements of where humans lived -- and thrived as the spiritual and moral beings we were intended to be. 


That is dead in the US and Europe now -- killed by moral relativism, public education transmitting the most vile and false "values" possible,  attacks on the family so numerous and extensive that much like the boiled frog, we have failed to even detect most of them, the destruction of our nation's Judaeo / Christian heritage, work and family ethic to now being only worthy of scorn and derision. 


It took us decades to get here -- William Buckley saw it coming in the 50's. We had a short slow-down and mild reprieve under Reagan, but the election of the Democrats in '06 and BO in '08 quickly dumped us over the edge. Our deficit of culture, moral fiber and religion is actually much more devastating and deadly than our many and horrible financial deficits. Those are "only money" -- the loss of the faith, optimism, the basic sense of American goodness, and our national moral compass is likely completely terminal. 


If some sort of a union survives in the space that was once America, it now looks certain that it will bear no resemblance to the spirit that was America. 

Climate and Weather

Is It Weird Enough Yet? - NYTimes.com:

Next winter when there is record cold and snow, we will hear how it is STUPID to mix up climate and weather. This summer while TX has a drought and high temps though, it is only intelligent to look at weather as indicative of climate. It is like "civility in politics" -- something critical for Republicans to follow, and requiring that they be chided for "war like metaphors" and such from time to time, but not an issue as they talk about "attacks on unions" and how their supporters will "take out the tea party".

Why are over 50% of people in this country followers of the climate alarmist view? I'd say that some of them just don't have the confidence to stand up against the elite and be willing to be called "stupid". Free men have always been called names (and much worse) in the face of the power elite justifying their position. The power elite screams so loudly and frequently today that they often drown out the sane and the wise.

We need to stand up and cheer for scientists willing to stand up against the elite and try to preserve the stature of science in the world http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=46212

Dr. Ivar Giaever, a former professor with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the 1973 winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, abruptly announced his resignation Tuesday, Sept. 13, from the premier physics society in disgust over its officially stated policy that "global warming is occurring."

Friedman takes the shibboleth of GW, and mixes it together with the noxious corruption of Chicago style politics and doubles down claiming that scams like Solyndra could work if we had some extra cap and trade corruption to manipulate the energy market even beyond what we do now. I suppose at SOME level of corruption ($10 gas??) even disasters like Solyndra MIGHT be able to make money, but there would also have to be enough US economy left for someone to buy their bloated subsidy product at that point -- something that looks increasingly unlikely.

Attack Watch

Obama's Twitter Disaster - WSJ.com:

This one is so far out there that the left might start claiming it was a hoax set up by Karl Rove. Eventually, I'd think even the most dedicated BO Zombies would run out of excuses.

Number of very creative quotes presented to the site. I liked this one

There's a new Twitter account making President Obama look like a creepy, authoritarian nutjob: @AttackWatch."
Very true, there is a site that will get zero MSM coverage and isn't going to be around for long ...

Broken and Brilliant

Egghead and Blockheads - NYTimes.com:

Being one of the party of the elite and writing for the Gray Lady makes one so confident in their capacities that mere reality must seem like an old western.

BO isn't just "bad with a gun" ... if the gun metaphor counts "leadership / executive capability" ... he had NO EXPERIENCE leading ANYTHING coming into what used to be the most powerful country in the world -- now a wholly owned subsidiary of China. Not even John Wayne could shoot from behind the barn to bail him out.

I'd much rather have Chuck Yeager in command of my aircraft than Einstein ... EXPERIENCE, and aptitude to a complex job is WAY more important than "grades". The relationship between organic chem and leadership is precisely zero -- you can hire a competent organic chemist anywhere. To not understand that is "stupid" at a level so much more important than mere grades it makes one feel sorry for Maureen.
Perry told the students, “God uses broken people to reach a broken world.” What does that even mean?
Uh, to over 50% of Americans who have some contact with religion yet, it means We all are broken in need of redemption, and God uses people redeemed through his son to reach the rest of the people that may not know they have a problem, nor that there is a solution". Knowing that would have once been of much greater import in America than ones grades in organic chem, or being a columnist at the NYT. To many of us it still is, and it is simply sad that someone bragging about their brilliance doesn't even understand it. I'm betting EVERYONE at Liberty understood it well, and the fact that Maureen doesn't shows just how wide the separation in America has become.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Opposition Research

Articles: Even Republicans Rejected Info About Obama's Past

Good article. Listening to NPR the last week I've already heard multiple stories about the evils of Rick Perry -- "maybe" he gave favors in exchange for campaign donations, some of the things he supported in the legislature "might" have benefited him financially due to land holdings, "one time" he talked about TX seceding from the union.

There was certainly ample concern about how good a pilot W was or was not in the National Guard prior to his 2nd campaign.

BO? The lack of curiosity on all fronts is beyond amazing.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

BO Jobs Speech—an Early Draft

Jenkins: Obama's Jobs Speech—an Early Draft - WSJ.com:

This might have worked!!

Elections have consequences. We mastered the use of slogans and imagery and won the presidency. Now the power is ours to choose our agenda, and we chose not to be distracted by matters that arise—say, the country's economic crisis. We chose instead to pursue the things that we know should be pursued.
Precisely!! BO has been driving while looking at the map of what what he wanted to do rather than looking at what was happening around him!!!
I am not anti-business. I get a supreme sense of satisfaction when business leaders approach me and, in a deferential manner, ask for subsidies and regulatory favors that will determine whether their companies succeed or fail. Like solar subsidies. This is the kind of job creation I'm interested in.
Well said!!

The article is short, WELL worth the read!

Republicans Get Weiner Seat

Republican wins Democratic district in New York race to replace Weiner - CNN.com:

When Kathy Hochul won a special election in the 26th congressional district in north-west New York state in May after the Democrats spent heavily on scare ads of the Republicans pushing grandma off a cliff, the Democrats and the MSM were gleefully certain that the winning combination for 2012 had been found.

Yesterdays sweep by Republicans of two special elections in NYC and Nevada would seem to indicate a somewhat simpler message can be used?? Perhaps "One and Done", or "No BO!".

I suppose it is "dirty politics" to bring up BO's actual record though -- commercials pushing grandma off a cliff is so much more "civil and factual".

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

BO To Double August Job Growth!

Late-night jokes: Obama vows to double August's job growth of zero - latimes.com

Some of these are pretty funny. Guess late night TV has decided it is OK to make fun of BO after all!!!

Saint's be praised -- if they could have figured that out when he was running, it is possible that we would have wised up enough to spare the disaster!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Wanna Bet??

RealClearPolitics - Perry Can't Beat Obama:

It reminds me of '79 ... Reagan was WAY too far out and the Republicans would HAVE to go for a moderate like HW Bush. They didn't, Carter WAS beatable, and the rest is history.

Perry-Rubio ... The end of BO!!! 

Lincoln???

PBS Covers Up Obama Joint Session Gaffe? - President Obama - Fox Nation:

I only mention this because the left has been going nuts with ANY Michelle Bachman "mis-statement" possible. John Wayne being from IA rather than Waterloo, saying "USSR" rather than Russian, etc.

BO got mixed up between "First Republican President" and "Founder of the Party". So what?? Well, NOTHING, except this is EXACTLY how "Stupid Republicans" are made.

If BO was a Republican this would be pointed out as egregious "failure" ... but as it is, it is only mildly covered by the more moderate to RW press and the illusion of BO "intelligence" lives on.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

B ZERO POINT ZERO!

President Zero | The Weekly Standard:

B Zero.Zero ... The Blutarski President (Animal House).

ZERO jobs created in August!!!

Three years ago "The One" was being hailed around the world and speaking in front of faux Grecian pillars to his adoring zombies. Now our nation sits stagnant, bankrupt and waiting for yet another teleprompter read from the former "One" oops, off by 1! ... now ZERO!

A worthy though depressing read. The Government doesn't create jobs, it destroys them. Unions don't create jobs, they destroy them. Handing out money to the poor, the unemployed, even the middle class neither creates wealth or jobs, it destroys both ... along with the drive to succeed.

One doesn't have to be "hard hearted" to say that all forms of assistance need to stop at some point for all but the most gravely needy -- the bird must leave the nest, the child the home, the student eventually graduate, and thus the unemployed eventually work -- even if at a lower wage. 

Our nation must get to work making something that can be sold at a profit and investing part of that profit as well as part of our time in "delayed gratification" so that the future is brighter than the past. It makes not one whit of difference how low the wages at the competing nations are -- they are what they are. Playing the hand one is dealt is the only way to keep playing, and at the game of survival, the choice is keep playing or DIE! 

Policies that incent that happening -- the best approximation possible of
zero taxes on investment, zero taxes on employing people, low and flat taxes on income, minimal Federal government doing little more than defense and interstate commerce, minimal FEDERAL government regulation of all kinds. Government needs to be in the business of ENABLING  business, invention and GROWTH -- not burdening it!

It really is simple, and BO is simply a failure.

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Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Results

John Yoo: Ten Years Without an Attack - WSJ.com:

Remember when Reagan took office and was considered "dangerous and deluded" about the thought that the USSR could be defeated? A bit more than 10 years after he took office, the USSR was no more. Results.

Remember all the concerns of civil liberties, it was "impossible to win in Iraq", Bush was destroying the very fabric of the country he was supposedly trying to save? No terrorist attacks in 10 years + victory in Iraq. Those are results.

Remember BO saying that he was going to close Gitmo, try terrorists in Manhattan, and unemployment would stay below 8% if he got his stimulus? He got "results" too ... Gitmo is still open, no terrorist trials in NYC, and unemployment is at 9.1% with 0.0 job growth.

Those results are called failure!




Monday, September 05, 2011

BO Punishes Gibson Chicago Style

The Gibson Guitar Saga Gets Steadily Curiouser | Power Line

I know, this breaks the maxim "Never assert malice when stupidity can account for it". I really can't believe that an administration that is already overstressed pursuing the likes of Boeing for trying to create non-union jobs would be so stupid to be prosecuting small but well known AMERICAN companies on the dubius grounds that they may have gotten a few scraps of some wood that China uses by the boat load.

OTOH, this is classic Chicago politics -- punish your enemies and reward your friends with pork and patronage. It is the old Democrat machine standard operation, one that is still rampant in Chicago, and I fear also in the WH.

Please tell me that at least a few Democrats are starting to understand "uncertainty" under BO??

The case is much like our cats playing with a mouse claiming "he appears to have died from uncertainty" as they watch for any sign of movement and then pounce when they see it.

"Regulation and taxes delayed" are in many ways worse than in place -- **IF** one could assume; "we took that hit, now we just need to deal with it" it would be more palatable,  but an administration sitting and waiting for any sign of improvement and all ready and waiting to pounce when they see, or imagine that they see it is simply too much!!

Sunday, September 04, 2011

B Zero Get's One??

One and Done? - NYTimes.com:

When Down abandons "The One", is it is time to stick a fork in him?

Obama is still suffering from the Speech Illusion, the idea that he can come down from the mountain, read from a Teleprompter, cast a magic spell with his words and climb back up the mountain, while we scurry around and do what he proclaimed.

The days of spinning illusions in a Greek temple in a football stadium are done. The One is dancing on the edge of one term.


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Friday, September 02, 2011

Let Me Explain "BO Uncertainty"

Obama Asks EPA to Withdraw Proposed Ozone Rule - WSJ.com:

Many lefties seem mystified by business not rushing to invest billions of dollars in new capital expenditures and hiring under the thumb of the BO regime. This isn't rocket science.

BO has decided to "delay a Proposed Ozone Rule". He may stop raiding little manufacturers like Gibson that run afoul of obscure wood importation laws. He might give you an exemption to BOcare if you grease the proper palms -- he has given out thousands, I leave it up to you to figure out why anyone would want an exemption from such a great boon as BOcare. He might allow Boeing to use the $1B plant they thoughtlessly built in SC where there aren't as many BO supporting union folks as he likes ... but there is still "a reasonable chance" that he might allow Boeing to employ 5K non-union folks if the job picture keeps looking really bad (again, those lefties that think there ought be no "uncertainty" can decide what BO will consider "really bad"). Who knows, someday he may even allow more drilling for oil and maybe even more refineries.

But then again, he may not. In fact, if things were to start looking "better", than we can assume the ozone regs come back, more healthcare stuff gets enforced vs exempted, prosecutions on businesses that don't support BOs campaigns go up (and who knows, the required fees may even go up), shutting down non-union shops and higher taxes on business and individuals will come to pass -- oh, and no new drilling or refineries, our energy supply will continue to become more and more uncertain.

Business is ALWAYS about making investments that can result in losses with the best business plans you can create to try to insure profits. BO is out there INCREASING uncertainty, even when he "delays something" ... in fact, that is now "known uncertainty". We hang at the whim of BO, and he has made it clear he rewards his friends and punishes his enemies -- "the Chicago Way".
And how does anyone know when BO is going to decide that you are his enemy??? Heck, KaDaffy was just minding his own business, cross dressing and hanging out with his fembots and favorite camel while killing a few thousand rebels like he has done for 30 years at least, and all of a sudden BO goes all PMS on him. Wassup wid dat??? Heck, when KaDaffy blew up the jet over Lockerbie and some discos in the 80's and Ronnie bombed his compound, you would have thought that he was the UN and US Left's Nobel Prize Funny Farmer. Now all of a sudden he is personna non-grata, and nobody likes his party dresses anymore. The left is just so darned fickle.

Lefty's can't see any "uncertainty"??? Earth to MSM and left, BO has more problems than just not having control of his teleprompter reading schedule!!!


"Green Jobs" Debacle

Solyndra, Solar-Panel Company Visited by Obama in 2010, Suspends Operation - Bloomberg

Another $500 Million of money from the productive pissed away by the arrogant incompetency of BO.