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Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize – For What?!?!?

October 9, 2009

Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?!?!? For what??? What kind of Bizarro world am I living in???

From what I understand the Taliban came in a close second and Jesus a distant third, slightly ahead of Pol Pot.

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When Someone is Drowning, Do Not Throw Them an Anchor

October 8, 2009

Here are some headlines from today’s Drudge Report:

  • Obama under fire over falling dollar…
  • Alarm over debt draws together diverse coalition…
  • Budget deficit hits $1.4 trillion for ’09…
  • Illinois Unpaid Bills Hits Record High; Tax Revenue Plummets…

Get the picture? The economy is dying folks. Tax revenues are falling because there are no jobs. Deficits are soaring because the government promises to pay for more than it collects in taxes.

Did you know that for fiscal year 2009, the US Government will collect in taxes only 1/4 of the money needed to fund all the programs it promises? That means it will fund the other 3/4 with DEBT, payday loans from the Chinese that come at a very dear price to our national security.

So what’s the point? The point is that now is NOT the time to saddle our society with more promises the government can’t pay. And that means no government health care control. The Lewin Group, a health care policy research and management consulting firm, estimates program’s cost could easily be $4.5 trillion over 10 years (source). But of course, as Senator Mitch McConnell has said, “The real bill will be written by Democrat leaders in a closed-to-the-public conference room somewhere in the Capitol. The real bill will be another 1,000-page, trillion-dollar experiment” (source).

Today, America is a dying economy, and that means a dying nation. The prescription for the cure is lower taxes and fewer regulations, so people with bright ideas and a strong work ethic can create things we can sell and can hire others. The prescription is to make our own native sources of energy cheap and accessible. The answer is to stop exporting American wealth and security to countries that enslave their people and hate the ideals our nation stands for (or used to stand for).

So healthcare and its concomitant high taxes are not the right prescription for a nation in the death throes of the worst economic meltdown since the Great Depression. You do not cure problems caused by government tyranny, fiscal profligacy and mismanagement with more of the same. You do not throw a drowning man an anchor.

Oklahoma graduation and retention rates among lowest in the nation

October 5, 2009

http://www.newsok.com/oklahoma-graduation-and-retention-rates-among-lowest-in-the-nation/article/3405727?custom_click=headlines_widget

Snippet:

Six years after beginning college, only 44.1 percent of Oklahoma college students attain bachelor’s degrees at the institutions where they started.

Nother choice snippet:

Oklahoma’s boldest initiative in that area is Oklahoma’s Promise program, formerly known as the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP). It’s a program that calls for the state to pick up the tuition costs of students in families that earn $50,000 or less, as long as students fulfill a promise to take college preparatory classes, stay out of trouble and maintain high school grade point averages of at least 2.5.

Gee – a 2.5, and they get free tuition on our dime? How stupid is Glen Johnson? Rewarding mediocre performance in mediocre Oklahoma high schools is not a recipe for success. It sends the message that “just skate by on ‘okay’ and someone else will pay.” How the hell hard is it to make a 2.5 in already dumbed-down schools if you crack the books once in a while? And how much is it costing Oklahomans to fund this “excellence in mediocrity” tripe? No wonder the grad rate is in the pits – we have a “scholarship” program that floods our colleges with kids who are not invested (see the word I chose) in their own futures.

How about we toughen up our high school achievement standards and then give scholarships to kids who make the best grades, who have worked hard and hence shown the highest propensity to continue to do so? Hard workers create wealth, thrive under adversity, and return to society tenfold the few dollars invested in them. So raise the bar and give out fewer, more selective merit scholarships. Oh and subsidize the first few out of Glen Johnson’s salary. He could stand to lose a few chins.

What Were Those Things Called Again? — Jobs?

October 3, 2009

Ah, let’s begin by discussing this disasterous economy in the wake of the housing crisis.

Why did we have a mortgage crisis? Because we had a “housing boom” caused by loose credit. But why was credit loose, bundled and sold upstream with nothing to back it except the over-priced houses of a bubble market Because every banker has to invest in something to make money off of your money. It’s reminiscent of the oil bust of the 80’s.

As a nation, we needed SOMETHING to manufacture in America that couldn’t be imported more cheaply from overseas – and that was houses. Thanks to our environmental policies, our pesky desire for more than a bare existence standard of living, and our blind eye to the unfair trade policies of other countries, we had little else to actually build, to make and sell. So Republicans cried foul over the threat to cut off the housing industry’s source of cheap labor (hint: they came from Mexico), and everyone touted the housing boom as a sign of prosperity rather than a scheme run up on one huge-a$$ unsecured pay-day loan from the Chinese.

So high-up muck-a-mucks of both parties pumped sunshine into the bubble and made as much dough as they could, and bundled the debt and had AIG stamp it with their meaningless insurance guarantee, knowing that eventually you and me, the good ol’ too polite to complain taxpayers, would eventually have to suck it up and foot the bill.

Now the housing bubble has burst and guess what? The manufacturing sector is in the pits, the USA is running up trillions of dollars of debt, and only a few brave conservatives are actually offering solutions for how to revive America’s ability to manufacture – that is, add work to raw materials to create things of value the rest of the world might actually buy. You know – create jobs?

As of today, if laid-off workers who have settled for part-time work or have given up looking for new jobs are included, the unemployment rate rose to 17 percent, the highest on records dating from 1994.

So what to do?

Here are my suggestions:

Ditch the “green economy” and unleash America’s native energy sources. Burn coal, fire up plants, toss aside overpaid union labor, and MAKE THINGS.

Get out of NAFTA, CAFTA, WTO – it’s every country for itself.

Dramatically lower taxes on businesses big AND small.

Don’t import from slave labor countries who pollute to the high heavens and send political dissidents to the firing squads.

Repeal the “stimulus”

Give every American shares of stock for every dollar uncle santa has doled out to a bank, company, etc. WE should own those companies, not “czars.”

Redirect scholarships to the smartest, not the neediest, and to the engineers.

Export illegals en masse.

Get rid of 2/3 of all our darned regulatory rules and agencies and let ingenuity thrive.

Ease patent aplication requirements and get the heck out of the way of folks who can build a better mouse trap.

Cut trial lawyers down to stubble – shrink the culture of “sue sue sue”

limit congress to three months every two year and impose term limits

close the door from representative to lobbyist

school vouchers = competitive education = smarter kids with less indoctrination

FIGHT LIKE THERE’S NO TOMORROW TO REBUILD OUR MANUFACTURING INFRASTRUCTURE

Ross was prophetic about the “giant sucking sound”.