Thursday, April 30, 2009

My Top Ten

Someone asked me on the 912 Project site what my top ten were so here you go:

1. Term Limits for everyone includes the courts
2. Fair Tax (Federal Sales Tax)
3. Balanced Budget
4. National Debt Reduction
5. No Federal Bailouts
6. Secure Our Borders
7. Enforce the laws (Bankruptcy, Immigration, etc.)
8. Return the States Constitutional Rights
9. Force Legislators to Read the Bill before voting on it
10. If Congress makes a law it must reference where it derives its ability to make such a law according to the Constitution.

This may not be the best list, but it was what I could think of and is supported by the voting on the 912 Project site. If you have ideas or modifications lets hear them.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

What Next?

The Great One has been in office for the magical 100 Days and I am wondering what idiotic idea is next to come down the pipe. Cap and Trade is well on its way to becoming a reality, as well as nationalized health care. These things are very bad ideas, but what worries me more is that the bad idea train is gaining momentum vice losing it. Bill Clinton had the bad idea express going early in his presidency as well, but it was slowed by congressional debate and then derailed by the 1994 election. The problem this time around is the senate is rubber stamping every idea and there is no real debate because they have a huge majority relatively speaking. It will probably be too late by the 2010 elections to change the course of the country and government expansion.

What can we do today to stop the blood flow? I would say that joining the "Tea Party" protests and keep voicing our absolute fear of an ever expanding government, but this seems to be making very little headway with law makers. They laugh it off as the bitter righties sour grapes. Yes, there is a small portion of that involved, but there are so many average taxpaying Americans that just what the madness to stop. They are so frustrated they don't know what to do and so they hop on-line and form group after group to slow the express train. This isn't working because there isn't a single congressman that is currently worried about his job. They figure that in a year most people will have forgotten their part in this debacle and they will get re-elected easily, which in 90% of the cases history has shown them to be right.

As a group of pissed off Americans, we must come together and settle on a few critical issues and make ourselves very smart on how to bring those things about. I have heard about a states rights push to force a Constitutional Convention, which shows significant promise, but relies on money hungry states standing up to the hand that feeds them. I see continued protests by the middle class against the government, but as long as the polls keep showing that at least one third agree with the policies the government is going to be business as usual.

I don't have any answers on this one yet, but I sure am worried about the next shoe. I hate to say this, but before real change is going to happen in Washington things are going to have to get a lot worse and with the constant positive spin from the MSM that means bad at levels never seen before. Obama and his team are working as hard as they can as fast as they can to get all this craziness passed into law before the other shoe drops. What do you think is going to happen when energy prices skyrocket ahead of cap and trade? What do you think is going to happen when the health care is run by the government? What do you think is going to happen when all the bills start coming due for all this deficit spending? What do you think is going to happen when GM own by us can't sell cars?

This is the world we live in and we must stand and defend ourselves against this onslaught or perish. I am not trying to be overly dramatic, but this is a very perilous time in our country's history. The sad reality is that it might already be too late to fix the damage already done because once the government gets involved in something there is almost zero chance of rolling them back out. Let me hear what you think and if there is anything we can do that I am missing because to be honest I am down right scared about where this country is headed.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Have you heard this one?

Energy Regulatory Chief Says New Coal, Nuclear Plants May Be Unnecessary
New York Times - April 22, 2009
No new nuclear or coal plants may ever be needed in the United States, the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said today. "We may not need any, ever," Jon Wellinghoff told reporters at a U.S. Energy Association forum.

The FERC chairman's comments go beyond those of other Obama administration officials, who have strongly endorsed greater efficiency and renewables deployment but also say nuclear and fossil energies will continue playing a major role. Wellinghoff's view also goes beyond the consensus outlook in the electric power industry about future sources of electricity. The industry has assumed that more baseload generation would provide part of an increasing demand for power, along with a rapid deployment of renewable generation, smart grid technologies and demand reduction strategies.

Jay Apt, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University's Electricity Industry Center, expressed skepticism about the feasibility of relying so heavily on renewable energy. "I don't think we're where Chairman Wellinghoff would like us to be," Apt said. "You need firm power to fill in when the wind doesn't blow. There is just no getting around that." Some combination of more gas- or coal-fired generation, or nuclear power, will be needed, he said. "Demand response can provide a significant buffering of the power fluctuations coming from wind. Interacting widely scattered wind farms cannot provide smooth power."

Wellinghoff said renewables like wind, solar and biomass will provide enough energy to meet baseload capacity and future energy demands. Nuclear and coal plants are too expensive, he added. "I think baseload capacity is going to become an anachronism," he said. "Baseload capacity really used to only mean in an economic dispatch, which you dispatch first, what would be the cheapest thing to do. Well, ultimately wind's going to be the cheapest thing to do, so you'll dispatch that first."

He added, "People talk about, 'Oh, we need baseload.' It's like people saying we need more computing power, we need mainframes. We don't need mainframes, we have distributed computing." The technology for renewable energies has come far enough to allow his vision to move forward, he said. For instance, there are systems now available for concentrated solar plants that can provide 15 hours of storage. "What you have to do, is you have to be able to shape it," he added. "And if you can shape wind and you can effectively get capacity available for you for all your loads. "So if you can shape your renewables, you don't need fossil fuel or nuclear plants to run all the time. And, in fact, most plants running all the time in your system are an impediment because they're very inflexible. You can't ramp up and ramp down a nuclear plant. And if you have instead the ability to ramp up and ramp down loads in ways that can shape the entire system, then the old concept of baseload becomes an anachronism."
'A lot that is still not understood'

Asked whether his ideas need detailed studies, given the complexity of the grid, Wellinghoff said the technology is already moving that way. "I think it's being settled by the digital grid moving forward," he said. "We are going to have to go to a smart grid to get to this point I'm talking about. But if we don't go to that digital grid, we're not going to be able to move these renewables, anyway. So it's all going to be an integral part of operating that grid efficiently."
The North American Electric Reliability Corp. reported last week on challenges in integrating a twentyfold expansion of renewable power into the nation's electricity networks but did not specifically address whether additional baseload generation would be needed. A spokesperson for NERC did not have an immediate response to Wellinghoff's comments today.

Revis James, who directs energy technology assessment for the Electric Power Research Institute, said recently that it is not clear how fast renewable energy can be added without creating reliability issues. "No one knows what the magic number is," he said. "Are we moving too fast? On the policymakers' side, there's a lot that is not still understood about the implications of a large share of renewables."

Impact on nuclear power
Wellinghoff's statement -- if it reflects Obama administration policy -- would be a huge blow to the U.S. nuclear power industry, which has been hoping for a nuclear "renaissance" based on the capacity of nuclear reactors to generate power without greenhouse gas emissions.
Congress created significant financial incentives to encourage the construction of perhaps a half-dozen nuclear plants with innovative designs, and Energy Secretary Steven Chu has promised Congress to accelerate awards of federal loan guarantees for some of these proposals. But a major expansion in U.S. nuclear energy would require a high effective tax on carbon emissions from coal plants, or an extended loan guarantee and tax incentive policy, according to the Congressional Research Service and outside consultants. The leading energy bills before Congress do not provide more loan guarantees. "If expansion of nuclear plants is the nation's policy, then Congress has to recognize that the U.S. energy companies cannot afford to do this alone," said Paul Genoa, policy director for the Nuclear Energy Institute, in a recent interview.


"The president needs to show his cards on nuclear energy," said energy consultant Joseph Stanislaw, a Duke University professor. "He cannot keep this industry, which must make investments with a 50-year or longer horizon, in limbo for much longer."
"I think [new nuclear expansion] is kind of a theoretical question, because I don't see anybody building these things, I don't see anybody having one under construction," Wellinghoff said.
Building nuclear plants is cost-prohibitive, he said, adding that the last price he saw was more than $7,000 a kilowatt -- more expensive than solar energy. "Until costs get to some reasonable cost, I don't think anybody's going to [talk] that seriously," he said. "Coal plants are sort of in the same boat, they're not quite as expensive."

Can renewables meet demand?
There's enough renewable energy to meet energy demand, Wellinghoff said. "There's 500 to 700 gigawatts of developable wind throughout the Midwest, all the way to Texas. There's probably another 200 to 300 gigawatts in Montana and Wyoming that can go West."
He also cited tremendous solar power in the Southwest and hydrokinetic and biomass energy, and said the United States can reduce energy usage by 50 percent. "You combine all those things together ... I think we have great resources in this country, and we just need to start using them," he said. Problems with unsteady power generation from wind will be overcome, he said. "That's exactly what all the load response will do, the load response will provide that leveling ability, number one," he said. "Number two, if you have wide interconnections across the entire interconnect, you're going to have a lot of diversity with that wind. Not all the wind is going to stop at once. You'll have some of it stop, some of it start, and all of that diversity is going to help you, as well."

Push for grid modifications
But planning for modifying the grid to integrate renewables must take place in the next three to five years, he said. "If we don't do that, then we miss the boat,"Wellinghoff said. "That planning has to take place so you don't strand a lot of assets, a lot of supply assets."
Unlike coal and nuclear, natural gas will continue to play a role in generating electricity, he said. "Natural gas is going to be there for a while, because it's going to be there to get us through this transition that's going to take 30 or more years."

Chu reiterated before the House Energy and Commerce Committee today that he supports loan guarantees for new nuclear power plants and is working with the White House on the issue. "I believe nuclear power has to be part of the energy mix in this century," Chu said.
Chu also noted today that nuclear technology, along with renewables, is an area where the United States has lost its lead. "We are trying to start the American nuclear industry again," he said. Coal currently provides half of U.S. power, while nuclear energy accounts for about 20 percent.


That is one seriously messed up way of thinking. I case you didn't catch it, the reason that this is all possible is that we cut consumption by 50%. Hell yeah if we did that we wouldn't need any nukes or coal plants. This is just another reason that the President and his team are way out of touch with reality. If you think this whole thing is as crazy as I do and don't feel like returning the caves let your representatives hear from you. Washington is out of control and it now seems out of touch with reality. I have to give Sec. Chu props for being the lone voice of reason.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Call to Action

I can see the hope that people so desperately looking for and it isn't in Washington nor in the White House. It is found all over this great land where ever you find people fed up with the craziness coming out of Washington. These people see the mistake of having two parties that no longer work for the best interest of the people, but do whatever it takes to get re-elected. I ask you to find a way to send a message to Washington whether it be an email, a letter or a phone call and let your representatives know how you feel about what they are doing to this country.

It doesn't take more than a couple of hundred contacts from angry constituents before they get the message that their ardent hope of re-election maybe in jeopardy. We need them to stop spending our grand kids money and to freeze all government spending and tax changes. We need them to stop implementing new spending until they figure out how to pay for it up front that way we have a choice about how we mortgage our children's future vice getting ram down our throats. I am asking everyone to take the time to contact each of their representatives to add your name to a growing pile of dissatisfied customers.

I know you might be worried about Homeland Security putting you on a list, but do you think all those Founding Fathers had such worries? John Hancock and Sam Adams were the only two the British refused to pardon is they renounced the Revolution, so you might find yourself in some very good company. The other Founding Fathers refused as well and faced death for what they believed in, so this isn't too much to ask for turning this country around.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Linking Problems

I am having a tough time getting the links to work for other sites, which is a shame because there is a lot going on at some of them and they need our help. As a veteran (here shortly), I support what a lot of them are doing to reign in the run away government and I full support their call to action. I hope you will take the time to look into the different 912 sites and the We the People site here in the near future. I am happy to see that some candidates are already courting the vote from this large new group, but I am reserving judgement and asking some tough questions of them. Most believe in what is being said on the various sites, but most will not agree to voluntarily submitting themselves to Term Limits. I find this to be the problem with most politicians and I will have a hard time supporting anyone that won't abide by a Term Limit voluntary or not.

I hope you will get involved and lend your support to both the sites and the candidates that will arise from this movement. Ask hard questions and keep the candidates honest as we know most will say whatever it takes to get elected. I will keep working on the links until I get them fixed, but in the mean time here are a couple to get you started 912candidates.org and thenational912project.org.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

What Now?

The excitement over the Tax Day Tea Parties is over and people are wondering what to do next, so I have a list of ten things they can do to further the cause of liberty and freedom from tyranny.

1. Plan on being in Washington on July 4th for a Celebration of Freedom. This will be a rally to celebrate the greatness of this country and We The People that make it so not the government.
2. Plan local rallies to remember those who died over Memorial Weekend.
3. Plan a local rally on 9/12 to put forth our demands and maybe some new candidates.
4. Write letters as individuals or groups to your current Congressman/President to let them know how you feel.
5. Start or join the new third party in your area.
6. Find out what it takes to get someone on the ballot in your area and state.
7. Find a few good people willing to serve this country and sign a voter contract.
8. Work to get candidates elected in local elections.
9. Call, email, write your Congressman on how they vote on important issues as they arise.
10. Keep loving this country and each other because the hard times are not over and things are going to be rough.

God Bless and keep up the hard work.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Comments

I know that there a lot of like mind individuals out there that are tired of what Washington is shovelling. I say we come together as a new party that brings together the Libertarians, the Constitutionalists and any other like minded group. If We the People unite then there is absolutely no way that Congress and the President can continue to ignore us. If we stay fractured as small groups they win because they have divided and conquered us. I know many say no to a third party, but the time is now to make the leap. Parties should come and go because is just isn't possible for everyone to always agree on every issue. The current two parties have had their turn and have run this country into the ground with their willful disregard for the Constitution and no holes barred spending.

Tomorrow take part in a Tea Party Protest and then on Thursday find a way to support the beliefs that some many of us hold dear. Find out what it takes to get someone on your states ballot, find a candidate willing to sign a voter contract, and then help push that person to get elected next year. Stop donating money to either of the two parties because as we all know that is what they thrive on. Keep the fires of change burning and come the 4Th of July make it a true Independence Day from Washington tyranny. It has been said that Congress will not listen until a million concerned voters march on Washington. That shouldn't be too hard considering the number of people that are pissed about the way this country is headed.

I challenge you to do something concrete to rid this country of the career politicians and force reality back into the government. I know that taxes will go up to recover from the current spree, but I don't want a dime of it to be wasted on BS and pork. I will continue to advocate for a balanced budget that not only does not allow any deficit spending, but has a plan to payoff the National Debt. That is the only way to restore this country to greatness. If that means freezing or cutting a whole host of programs so be it because you can not have it all for free. Things cost and there is always a price to pay, so decide today how you want to pay. Keep throwing your money down the pit that is the current Congress or force hard choices and fix the government.

Monday, April 13, 2009

We the People

I am finding it very easy to jump ship from the Republican party as they have shown no desire to do the right thing consistently. I am going to be a founding member of the We the People party because it is the only sensible thing to do. The other two parties are all about themselves and getting re-elected, this has not helped the people (their bosses) . There are many opposed to such a new party, but why? They say it will drain the conservatives from the Republican party and that would be bad. Again ask why is that bad?

Would it not be better to have a middle party that believes in America's greatness and wants to reduce Washington's influence in our lives. Our Founding Fathers has no desire for a strong central government because it leads to tyranny. They fought and died to free themselves for an oppressive central government that only had its own self interests in mind. Does this sound familiar? It should and we should be just as outraged.

The thing that the MSM is missing in all these Tax Day protest isn't that it is just about taxes because it is more about an oppressive central government that is longer for the people. They do as they please with no regard to the consequences to the average American. They spend like there is no tomorrow, but sadly there is. Some in the media say taxes are too low and I agree because we have spent too many years overspending and there is no way to get out of debt if we don't tax more, BUT I don't want my tax dollar thrown down the toilet of wasteful government spending. I say freeze all federal spending and no additional spending for one year, no changes in taxes for the same year, and then figure out what we have in terms of revenue verse debt. If we do not have revenue to pay for spending then spending must be cut and a plan in place to pay of the National Debt as part of the new spending plan.

Then and only then can they monkey with taxes. They also must prove the revenue stream for each new item of spending. If anyone else was in this deep of a hole that is how they would get out, so this is what is needed. It doesn't seem the current two parties are will to take this step for fear of getting booted out of office, but I say that is crap because everyone knows the sorry shape that this country is in and what it is going to take to get us out. We just don't appreciate being lied to and having are hard earned dollars wasted.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Can You Trust the President?

The President and his crack team (not smart just on crack) are looking to aggressively do something about the economy. This scares the living crap out of me because every time they say something like this we get a new round of deficit spending and the market tanks. We are finally seeing some light at the end of the tunnel in the markets and along comes the President to snuff out all hope. The markets had been quietly rebounding for about a month, as the President had taken time off from running the country down because he had gotten all the goodies he had wanted from the rubber stamp Congress.

Now that things have settled a little he drops two bombs in a row. First lets provide amnesty to all illegals before we secure the border. This make absolutely zero sense because why don't we just say that we now have an open immigration policy where anyone who wants to come in can. The second is another round of bailouts to kick start the economy. The same holds true that you don't recover from a recession by government spending and taxing. You recover by cutting both of those. I know that I have already said that we had seen modest gains in the markets, but that wasn't from the stimulus but rather the lack of government meddling. The markets lost half their value and there was some undervaluing that accounts for the current gains. The gains would not have occurred if the government had kept up its assault on the markets. That isn't to say that the latest round won't drive the market even lower undervalue or not.

Are you getting ready for next Wednesday? Are you going to gather with other concerned citizens to voice your disapproval? The Tea Parties are growing so large the MSM can no longer ignore them or tag them as lunatic right wingers' sour grapes. I hope that they are even larger than expected and finally the career politicians in Washington get the message that their days are numbered if they stay the current course. It isn't too late to stop and seriously cut spending (not just defense spending). We need some drastic action from Congress to prevent the complete collapse of our economy and the American way of life. We aren't perfect and there are some personal changes needed as well, but now is the time to start taking back our economy and country.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Momentum

Momentum is a crazy thing and it takes a lot of force at times to change it, but there are those rare times that just something little can change the course of human events. Let just say that the earlier you act the less force it takes to make huge changes in momentum. Let's say there is a giant rock hurtling towards the Earth and it is going to kill us all, but if we act today it will only take a small booster rocket to push it far out into space. If we wait and do nothing, then the best we can hope for is to break it up and pray that it doesn't kill us all. I bet you are wondering where I am headed with this and you should be.

Right now we have a huge rock of debt hurtling towards America and the only thing we are currently doing is added booster rockets to make it go faster. This debt is going to wipe out the America as we know it and most likely take down a lot of other economies with it. Congress has completely lost the big picture on this one and thinks you can deficit spend your way to prosperity. If you tried that crap in your own life you would quickly find that no one would lend you a dime and soon you won't be able to even make the minimum payments. This is where this country is headed and the current bunch of yahoos only want to speed the process. Won't it be nice to have a trillion dollars in deficit spending each year and a trillion dollar interest bill. That puts our government two trillion in the hole each year and at some point there will be zero takers of that debt and then what happens. We become like some third world dictatorship where they print million dollar bills to buy bread.

If we can stop the yahoos now before we run up any more debt then maybe just maybe we can divert the disaster and save our future. It is going to take a lot more action now and a heck of a lot more force since we let things go for so long, but it isn't too late yet. We need to take some drastic action starting with freezing spending and then we need a plan to pay down the National Debt (you know my idea on that). Once we do those things then the dollar will rebound and we will once again be a world leader and not a world debtor. You can follow the piper into the abyss or you can stand up and apply force to change the course of history. We have allowed the time to pass that small action would have done the trick and now we need to apply some serious and painful solutions if we want to save this country.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Tea Party

There is a lot of momentum building for Tea Parties to protest what is going on in Washington, but there is also a movement afoot for a new Tea Party. This is a great idea and one which I whole heartily support. I've said many times we need a new fiscally conservative party that will force the other two back to the middle. If you are interested and want to help, find out what it takes to get someone on your local ballot now. If this movement is going to have a real chance at changing this country now is the time to see what it takes to get on the ballots. Some states have some very funny rules and lots of hoops to jump through, so start now because the primaries are only a year away for the 2010 election. We can do nothing if we don't have candidates on the ballots.

Also, if you want to be a candidate then you should be willing to sign a contract with your supporters that will limit your time in office and show your steadfast resistance to pork. You will have a lot of support instantly, but you must be willing to abide by the principles. If you want to drum up additional support see the Glenn Beck 912 Project. There are a lot of angry voters there that will make a difference given the chance.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Only Time Will Tell

Funny thing is that North Korea just keeps thumbing its nose at us and we let them. Do we really think they are going to do anything other than blackmail us into giving them more money? Every time things get financially tight for them, they pull the old we are going to restart our nuclear weapons program unless you pay us. I am sure that they have already sold the technology to certain other countries and will continue to do so. We are doing nothing to stop them in any real sense and we are looking more foolish about it each time.

You want to see real change then try cutting off all financial aid. It has worked in the past and it would work again. The only problem is that our friends in China and Russia won't play along, so once again we are left whining and holding ourselves. Does anyone doubt that we could make NoKo disappear if they tried anything as stupid as invading the South or trying to launch a "nuke". It would be no contest, so why do we let a two bit dictator rattle our cage?

I really don't have an answer for this one and if you do please tell me because what we are doing now doesn't seem to be working. NoKo makes us look weak and foolish. We sit here and whine about it, but we don't or can't do a damn thing about it. Pull back the curtain and let me know what you think we should do.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

I just don't know anymore.

It is the sad truth that I can't believe what is going on and have zero idea what is going to happen next. I was happy to see the Republicans come out with an alternative plan, but the whole flat tax thing leaves me just that flat. Why continue the class warfare? Why don't we try something completely different and try the Federal Sales Tax to pay off the National Debt. I know that we won't make much progress until we control spending, but it would be a good faith effort and at least a start. Once Congress sees how easy and how much money starts rolling in then we can move this country to the Fair Tax and dump the whole income tax thing. Plus, the Fair Tax would put an end to corporate tax as well, which would bring business back to the US. I know I am dreaming and with the way things are in Congress I am sure neither the Republican or my ideas will make anymore difference than a fart in a hurricane.

Over on Glenn Beck's 912 Project there are a lot of angry Americans and a lot of Tea Parties being planned, but until election day 2010 it is just a lot of hot air. I can understand that misery loves company and it is a good place to vent and run your cake hole, but real change can only truly come in 2010. Sure some in Congress will be affected by the outcry, but they have already made it abundantly clear that they won and it sucks to be us. I am not saying that nothing will come of this public outcry, but until the Congress undergoes a real change there will be little we can do. I've said it before and I will keep saying it, you can't replace one group of career politicians with another because they are all pretty much the same corrupt and only worried about staying in office. I say join the 912 Project and lend your voice, but when the time comes in 2010 do the right thing and vote out career politicians.