Thursday, February 26, 2009

Spending Bill or Just Plain Pork

The President isn't impressing me with his fiscal responsibility, since he allowed Congress to pork up the "Stimulus" bill and now he is letting them do it again with the latest spending bill. The explanation is that these are hold over bills and that we will be fiscally responsible next time. What a crock! If you want to set standards you do it the first time around or you never will. This is exactly what I expected out of this President and Congress.

They will continue to blame Bush for every thing and saying the pork laden bills Obama is signing aren't his fault and that the American public can expect better the next time. This is the wife beater mentality and we are the wives getting the crap beat out of us on a routine basis. Until we stand up to them and throw them out of office or march on Washington with pitchforks and torches nothing is going to change because as long as we allow it they will keep doing it. This is not a party thing at all because in 1994, we threw the bums out only to get a new set under a different name and the last two elections were a feeble attempt to do the same.

The American public needs to get off their gigantic fat asses and start forcing the Congress to take notice that their precious jobs are in jeopardy if they continue their spend thrift ways. The pet projects can no longer be tolerated because it leads to graft and corruption, plus it is a waste of tax payer dollars. Think about how much could be done locally if you weren't being taxed at the federal level for things of local interest. Do you really think adding several layers of bureaucracy makes this cheaper? Plus, if your local politicians don't have the stones to ask people to pay for stuff they want, then they shouldn't ask the rest of America to pay for it.

As you can tell, I am pretty PO over how the government is wasting tax dollars they don't even have. What ever happened to balanced budgets and spending only what you actually have or better know in the past as fiscal responsibility. Lets hear what you think and if you think there is anyway to get the message to Washington to clean up their act.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Presidential Address

I have to say in all honesty that I didn't watch the speech because I can't stand the campaign type rhetoric that is being pushed on the masses. I did watch a recast of the response and Axelrod's BS interview. The Gov of LA did not impress me in any way and isn't dynamic enough to go up against the Great BS'r. The Republicans need to stop playing the blame game and start providing the public with detail plans on how they are going to be different from the last group of bozos that were Democrat Lite. We need to build on a solid foundation that had served the party well for so many years, smaller government, lower taxes and personal responsibility for everyone including Congress. We can't keep pointing fingers at the Democrats and saying they are bad because the public had a big old taste of crappy Republicans and spit them out, so until you apologize and give them patently new they are going to keep their distance from the Republican Party.

As for Axelrod's interview and how he answered the question on transparency on the big stimulus bill. He blamed the bill on the last administration, saying that it was left over business from the previous Congress. This is complete BS since Pelosi said that they wrote it and it is their bill. The President is already planning his exit strategy from its failure to help the economy by saying it was a leftover, but if it succeeds he will be the first in line to take full credit, typical politician. In case you didn't know this will not be the last of the stimulus bills because this one provided little in the way of stimulus, so standby for another whopper in the near future. It will probably come in the form of some banking assistance, but will end up being just another pork filled toilet into which your tax dollars will be flushed.

I can only hope that the economy will be able to shake off the current stupidity and move forward in spite of the fumbling and graft on the Congress and the President. I am not so sure and if they keep running down the American brand then this will be a return to the late 70's. We are America and we can do anything, but we need the government to stay out of our way and out of our pockets. Roosevelt talked a great game and spent huge sums of money, but the Great Depression continued on for years and years. Reagan communicated well and cut government spending and taxes, which quickly put an end to what was the worst economy since the Great Depression. Obama should take a hint from Reagan and not Roosevelt.

I know a lot of you hate the direction this country is headed. I would like to know what you think and what you are doing to weather Hurricane Obama and his Democrat Posse.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Stimulus, yeah right

Another week and still more gum flapping about President Obama and the great Democrat give away. The latest is that certain Republican governors don't want the handout if it means taking the federal strings attached. Who could blame them, right? Oh there is plenty of blame being thrown around and claims of racism. If you don't take the handout and then keep the federal funded programs going after the federal money dries up (as it surely will) then you are hurting black people. This is a ridiculous argument, but it has already been made and will continue to be made unless you take the handout and pass it on regardless of future consequences.

This is the problem with the Democratic Party and has been it Achilles heal for decades now. It is great to pay off your base in big and grandiose ways when the cameras are rolling, but when the rubber hits the road you cut of funding for those big expensive Washington mandates. Of course, they never remove the mandate and then force the states to magically come up with the money to pay for their generosity. Here are four guys that are saying they can't afford to be so stupid again, but I am sure that they will be bullied into taking the money by the liberal press and free spending Congress.

States should have every right to control their own budgets and if they have a short fall they should do what everyone else has to do, cut spending or earn more money. No one and I mean no one wants to pay higher taxes because we know that most of the time the money is pissed away by the politicians. The federal government and state governments need to clearly define where each dollar is coming from and where each dollar is going, so the people can decide if they are willing to pay for it. Of course this would never work because that would cause people not to want to pay for silly little pet projects or roads to nowhere.

We need to force accountability of where our money is going and then decide if we are willing to pay for it with our hard earned dollars. This is the transparency that is totally lacking in Washington and a lot of states. Do you know where your state tax dollars are going? I like nice roads, but there has to be solid data behind road improvement and build. We can no longer afford to build things, so politicians can get re-elected. Let me here what you think and how we can force transparency unto Congress.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

New Life

Sorry for being off line for so long, but I have been making the transition to my new life and location. I was without connectivity for a long time and with all the new requirements I will only be blogging about once a week. You will still be able to enjoy my insanity just not a frequently.

What can I say about the stimulus package that hasn't been said over and over already. This will end up sinking the Obama presidency just like Iraq took down President Bush, right or wrong. The American people hate government waste and if there aren't drastic result quickly then come 2010 we are going to have a 1994 moment in Congress. We need to stop whining about the package because it is already signed and we need to provide laser insight and oversight to how the money is being spent. We the people have every right to hold our elected officials feet to the fire on how this money is use (or most likely misused).

President Obama is finding out that Washington is a very slippery place and campaign promises fall faster than GM stock. GM and Chrysler are back with hat in hand, but with zero union concessions. So what is Congress to do? Are they going to hold back the funds needed to keep these companies afloat even though they can't prove that even with this next round of handouts they will be anymore viable. Does Congress force the UAW to the table? I have to say that pigs will sprout wings before that is going to happen. This could sour the rest of the country on this Congress and hasten its exit in 2010, if they let the UAW continue to suck billions from the rest of us to support a country club lifestyle for their membership.

It is funny how the economy seems stable until President Obama or one of his flunkies opens their pie holes. We have a Treasury Sec that has zero idea of what to do, but does know that it is going to take considerably more than $350 billion to do it. We have a President that says without this huge pork laden bill the economy would enter a death spiral from which there is no recovery. These two are really building confidence in the future and reassurance that it is okay to buy that new car or house. I personally am paying everything off and saving as much as I can because I am going to have a huge tax bill in the near future. Ronny had it right, you cut taxes combined with cutting government spending. That formula fuels growth and strengthens the dollar. Tax hikes (they are still coming as the Bush cuts expire) and huge government spending only leads to inflation and unemployment.

I like the private sector and look forward to seeing how the other 90% of Americans live. It is amazing that there are only about 20 million veterans in America today. It is no wonder why they are so willing to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. I can only hope that the Afghanistan surge is as effective as the Iraqi surge, but I think that Pakistan is going to screw that up by allowing a Taliban safe haven in the NW. These are perilous times and we must pay the cost, but this is an American effort not just a military one and the sacrifice needs to be spread to all Americans. Don't ask me how at this point because I just don't know, but I am still leaning towards a Federal Sales Tax to reduce the National Debt.

I guess that is enough for now. Please forgive the gap and the sparse postings in advance, but know that I am always thinking and enjoy your comments.