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Poll of the Day: Do You Support the EnergyFLA Project?

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EnergyFLA: Securing Florida’s Future Through Energy Exploration, Part 1

This is the first in a multi-part series that expresses my support and gives the details of EnergyFLA, a group that is making efforts to allow exploration for energy sources off of Florida’s cost.

Question:  What’s a great way to increase energy production domestically, increase tax revenues, and produce jobs?  A good answer to that question is energy exploration in our own waters, and that’s just what EnergyFLA is trying to do.

EnergyFLA is a group of Floridians (is that what you call them?) that are coming together to push for oil exploration in Florida’s waters.  When you look at the facts and figures behind their mission, there’s really no argument against it.  Here’s a brief overview before I delve into the intense statistics in the next post:

  • Increased jobs for Florida.  I don’t live in Florida, but you can’t argue against an increase in jobs anywhere during this tough time.  The money paid for work done on this project would quickly be back in the states bank account by the massive revenue increase the drilling would bring about, so it’s not like Florida would be printing money it doesn’t, or won’t, have.
  • General Decrease in Gas Prices. If Florida proves to be a great source of energy, the United States would have an increased domestic supply, allowing us to rely less on countries in OPEC, therefore giving us more freedom over our gas prices.
  • Increased Revenue, Same Taxes. Conservative estimates show that the state of Florida could see a $31 billion increase in revenue over a 20 year period if offshore drilling is explored.  At a time when many are considering tax hikes to make up for deficits, this could be exactly what they need to push that budget out of the red.
  • More Reliability and Durability. With a ban placed on drilling from the shore to 10.35 miles out, Florida relies on other sources to get its fuel.  Nearly all of Florida’s fuel arrives to the state through merely 2 pipelines.  This leaves the state vulnerable to massive shortages of fuel if disaster were to strike.  During Katrina, for instance, the entire state nearly experienced a “blackout” of fuel due to pipeline damage.  Drilling off the shores of Florida would provide many more entry points for fuel into the state.
  • The Fuel is There, Why Not Use it? It’s been proven that the oil is there, some studies show that Florida’s oil fields rival those of East Texas.  Jay and Blackjack fields hold enough fuel for 1 billion barrels, the Sunniland region holds a similar amount, and right in between the 3 is 4.5 million acres of unexplored ocean floor that is sure to hold billions more barrels of fuel.

With all these statistics and facts showing the promise of offshore drilling in Florida, it seems clear that this is a necessary step we must take in the face of declining oil production and a shrinking economy.  If you’re a resident of Florida, be sure and let your state representative know that you support offshore drilling and all of it’s many benefits!

To visit the online headquarters for EnergyFLA, click here.  Be sure and look for my next post on the EnergyFLA project, where I’ll answer questions sent in by you, the readers.  If you have any questions, e-mail them to me at theconservativejournal@gmail.com.

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September 18th News Bits and Pieces: Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Carrie Prejean, and Republicans

News and Politics

Democrats run away from embattled ACORN

Aside from the fact that the article I linked to is a grossly biased look at the issue by MSNBC (slight exaggeration), this is refreshing news for me to read/hear.  It’s no surprise that Republicans in Congress were able to band together and vote for banning ACORN funding, but the fact that any Democrats are jumping on board is a great sign that we’re getting somewhere.

CNN Responds to Fox Ads: “You Lie!”

I’m afraid that I’m going to have to take CNN’s side on this.  Write it down, because this is probably the first and the last time.  While I do agree with Fox that they gave the best and most indepth coverage of the 9/12 Rally, CNN did show up for some coverage.  And while I don’t agree with Sanchez (CNN) that it was “extensive coverage”, it was some and therefore CNN did not deserve to be mentioned in the Fox News ad that listed all of the networks that ignored the story.

Ex-Miss California Carrie Prejean says she’s not a ‘hater’ at Values Summit

For those that were following me during the start of the Carrie Prejean saga, you’d know that I’m on her side.  I really am.  But I think she maayyy be milking the beauty pageant events a little too much.  I think she definitely deserved her attention for that right after it happened, but it’s been many months.  I think Carrie would make a great news anchor, tv personality, etc., but I’d like for her to do it on her own right and not because of a scandal caused by a lowlife scum.

Dow nears one-year highs

WOO THE RECESSIONS OVER!  EVERYONE GO BUY A NEW BMW!  Alright, not quite.  I have my doubts that the recession is truly over, especially since job less is expected to continue.  I think what we may see is a “double-dip” recession; meaning it’s going to look like it’s getting better (now), but then drop back off again slightly before getting fully better.  I do think the worst is over, and I’d love to proven wrong on my “double-dip” theory.  After all, it is just a theory.

Entertainment

Was Kanye-Gate Staged?  Experts Say No.

Why do people write pointless articles about stuff we already know?  AOL really just wrote this article to reaffirm common and accepted fact that this event was not staged?  Someone needs a new creativity team.

Taylor Swift Gets A Few Questions Too Many About Kanye West VMA Interruption

Like the rest of us, even Taylor Swift is tired of hearing about herself and Kanye.  In an interview today, she asked the interviewer to move on from the Kanye subject because she didn’t “want to make it a bigger deal than it is”.  When the interviewer continued talking about it, she quit doing the interview.  I’m liking Taylor Swift more and more by the day.  She’s starting to grow up and stand up for herself, whereas before she’s always come across as so week and feeble.  Good for her!

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Stock Market Terminology: What it All Really Means

This is a hilarious post by Hale McCay of It Occured to Me.  Be sure and visit that blog and read more hilarious content like what’ s listed below!

CEO — Chief Embezzlement Officer.

CFO — Corporate Fraud Officer.

BULL MARKET — A random market movement causing an investor to mistake himself for a financial genius.

BEAR MARKET — A 6 to 18 month period when the kids get no allowance, the wife gets no jewelry, and the husband gets no sex.

VALUE INVESTING — The art of buying low and selling lower.

P/E RATIO — The percentage of investors wetting their pants as the market keeps crashing.

BROKER — What my broker has made me.

STANDARD & POOR — Your life in a nutshell.

STOCK ANALYST
— Idiot who just downgraded your stock.

STOCK SPLIT — When your ex-wife and her lawyer split your assets equally between themselves.

FINANCIAL PLANNER — A guy whose phone has been disconnected.

MARKET CORRECTION — The day after you buy stocks.

CASH FLOW — The movement your money makes as it disappears down the toilet.

YAHOO — What you yell after selling it to some poor sucker for $240 per share.

WINDOWS — What you jump out of when you’re the sucker who bought Yahoo @ $240 per share.

INSTITUTIONAL INVESTOR — Past year investor who’s now locked up in a nuthouse.

PROFIT — An archaic word no longer in use.

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Video of the Day: “Blame It”, Barack Obama Style

Sorry again for such little posting over the past week; it wasn’t a tough few days!  Everything should be back to normal now.

Here’s a funny video that Totally Sketch made.  It’s a remake of Jamie Foxx’ latest song “Blame It”.  Once again, their ability to find actors that are perfect for the characters is amazing.

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Mail Bag: Matt Delves Further Into AIG

First off, I’d like to thank all of you that have been e-mailing me with your great comments and opinion.  I really appreciate comments from both sides, as that is what makes blogging worthwhile.

Anyway, this morning I recevied an e-mail from Matt C. that looked further into AIG and the current state of the economy.  It truly is a wonderful article that puts all of our current dilemas into perspective, and gives a good look on the AIG bonus issues.  Everyone should read this article!

Get the whole picture about AIG out there.  I researched the facts and wrote a comprehensive article and am trying to get this out there.  We all know if we work together, talk with one comprehensive message we have a better chance of making real change in Washington.  This is not about Democrat or Republican, its about Liberty and Freedom.

The real tragedy behind the $165 million dollars in AIG retention bonuses is that our political leaders have used it to take more of our rights away.  Last week, the House, voted 328-93, to approve a bill they didn’t read, that would impose a 90% surtax on bonuses given to employees with household incomes of $250,000 or more at companies that have received at least $5 billion from the government’s financial rescue program. This legislation was derived from the tremendous outrage & media sensationalism created by Congress and the Obama Administration. In other words, they justified ignoring the 16th amendment of the United States Constitution by stirring up decent between economic classes.  Sen. Christopher Dodd, the chairman of the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, justified it by saying, “This is another outrageous example of executives — including those whose decisions were responsible for the problems that caused AIG’s collapse — enriching themselves at the expense of taxpayers,” President Obama’s justification was nothing more than finger pointing.  He asked “How do they justify this outrage to the taxpayers who are keeping the company afloat?” he went on to declare “This is a corporation that finds itself in financial distress due to recklessness and greed”.  Note to Obama:  When you point a finger, three are pointed back at you.

In 2007 Obama’s net worth had increased from 700k to 4.7 million dollars and he now has a $400k a year salary and all of his expenses paid.  Sen. Hillary Clinton’s average net worth, adjusted for inflation, grew from negative $6 million to $30.7 million between 2000 and 2006.  Sen. John McCain of Arizona reported a $27.6 million surge in his average net worth from 1995 to 2006.  Senator Dodd’s net worth was $101,000 in 1967 and in 2007 was 1.5 million but is now over $3.5 million.  Our congress expressed such outrage and distain for a measly $165 million dollars in bonuses to executives (many of which agreed to a salary of $1 for the year) when Congress’s collective net worth is around 3.6 billion dollars.  It appears as if our elected officials may be the one’s that are enriching themselves at the expense of taxpayers.

After two months, the Obama administration and our one party government have proposed legislation that will result in the worst deficits “ever”.  By “ever” I mean that if every deficit over the past 220 years (since George Washington) were added together, the sum would be less than the deficits their budget proposal will create ($1.8 trillion this year, $9.6 trillion over 10 years).  This increased spending comes during the worst World Economic Crisis since 1933.  There is a universal belief that increased spending and protectionist policies were the primary cause of the Great Depression.  The recent stimulus packages, Obama’s proposed budget and protectionist policies have fostered anger and worry from most foreign leaders (G20 leaders).  As a result, Obama’s ability to lead us out of an economic crisis is being questioned around the world.  So, how is he in any position to be commenting on financial distress due to recklessness?  Furthermore, what gives our elected officials the right to ignore History and make the same mistakes that lead to the Great Depression and WWII?

Over the past 30 years we have allowed our political leaders to make countless compromises in an effort to further their party’s agenda.  These compromises are in large part the cause of the world’s worst economic crisis since 1933 (76 years) and the implications surpass those of the Great Depression.  Our liberty, prosperity and security are at stake and therefore, it is not a time to debate, it’s a time to demand.  Demand that our government abides by the constitution.  We must demand that our unalienable rights, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness are secured and that our Government derives their just powers from the consent of the governed.  It’s high time that we do our duty as American Citizens, pound our fists on the Capital Door and demand that our leaders listen or leave office.  There is no excuse for our elected officials to serve themselves instead of listening to the people they serve.  If our elected officials want to ignore history, the Constitution, and US Citizens by spending us into oblivion, than they need to be held accountable.  There should be a 90% tax on their $170,000 a year salaries and  $50,000 a year pension plans when their outrageous decisions result in an economic collapse.  Their assets should be put up as collateral for the trillions of dollars that we now have to borrow primarily from communist countries.  We do not work for the United States Government, Congress or The White House.  They work for us and a reminder is way past due.

What do you think of Matt’s article?  What do you think of the whole AIG mess?  Leave your comments below or e-mail you in depth response to theconservativejournal@gmail.com and see it posted on this site!
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Rick

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More From the World of Meghan

Meghan McCain followed up her busy past few weeks with an appearance on Larry King Live last night, covering everything from her tattoo to the Laura Ingraham dispute.  It’s an interesting interview, I must say.  I’m not going to bore you every detail (If you want the full transcript, AOL has it here.) but here are some of the things I consider the highlights:

  • She said that anyone who doubts that Obama isn’t taking the economy seriously is ridiculous; however, she fears he is on the verge of over-exposure in the media, which could alienate older supporters.
  • She supports Obama, as does her father.  Who, in case any of you missed this, is John McCain.
  • Says the Republican party is full of differing personalities.  Not all want Obama to fail.
  • She did an interview with Bobby Jindal’s wife, Supyira.  The interview can be found here.
  • She considers herself a progressive Republican (A.K.A. RINO.  Meh.).  She says she’s liberal on social issues; e.g. gay marriage and abortion.  She’s pro-life personally, but thinks people should have that option.
  • Says she agrees with her father on war and the economy and is a fiscal conservative.
  • Somone in an airport told her to “kiss my fat a**” (Got to keep it decent. :),  just as she did to Laura Ingraham last week.  She says that the fued is over as far as she’s concerned.
  • She claimed she didn’t know who Laura Ingraham was before all of this.
  • She thinks Supyira Jindal (Wife of Bobby Jindal) is a better role model than Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham because the Coulter and Ingraham give off the impression women in the Republican party have to fit into “this one box”.
  • The interview wrapped up with a personal touch: She has a star tattoo on her foot.

I give Meghan a little credit with the Coulter/Ingraham/McCain throwdown because I really do think she handled it well.  However, the girl is a Class A RINO.  I am glad to hear, though, that her “progressive” traits are in social issues rather than fiscal and government size.  At least we don’t have to worry about her voting for bailout upon bailout if she ever became a senator or representative, though I don’t imagine there is much chance of that.

What do you think of the interview?  Were you surprised at the fact that she has a tattoo?  And how about that guy in the airport throwing her words back at her?  Cool guy.  Leave your comments below or send us an e-mail at theconservativejournal@gmail.com.  Also, look for today’s Poll of the Day regarding the interview!

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Rick

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Charlie Rangel Can’t Read His Own Writing

See the resemblence to Dracula??

See the resemblence to Dracula??

Charlie Rangel can’t seem to understand the tax code, which is excusable because most liberals can’t.  However, there’s one catch.  Charlie Rangel is in charge of the committee that writes the tax code.  You would think someone that spends his time writing and editing our million page tax code would have a pretty good handle on what is good and what is illegal, but of course that makes too much sense.  Instead, the spitting image of Dracula seems to think that rental property income is tax-exempt and the price of other properties flunctuates with the mood he’s in.  Well, it doesn’t seem to work that way for the rest of us.  Here are the details on Charlie’s latest little tax dilema:

Most know of Charlie’s tax dodging ways when it came to his rental property in the Dominican Republic.  He was just slightly confused with the fine print that he wrote, and thought that his out-of-country property was there tax-free.  Since he’s a liberal, he got a slight slap on the wrist from Queen of Congress, Nancy Pelosi, and was told he could pay up if he felt so inclined.  But apparently he didn’t learn then (In his defense, I don’t know why he’d learn a lesson.  He didn’t get in trouble.), and now is cheating his own rules once again.  The latest little omition from his taxes was a house that he sold in Washington, in addition to a home that changed value three times over a few year span; going from $50,000 to $100,000, then even as high as $5oo,000.  Of course Charlie sites the changes and omition as simple mistakes that could happen to anyone.  Well he is right about that; however, if anyone else had made these so-called “mistakes” they’d be sitting in the tax-evasion dungeon underneath Charlie’s office.  How ironic.

Bottom Line

Charlie’s got to go.  And all the other tax cheats, evaders, and the loophole posse can follow him on his walk of shame.  I consider myself a forgiving person, but come on.  Whose anyone kidding that Count Rangula (Had to) wasn’t fully aware of his alleged “mistake”?  No one with a half a brain buys that bull crap.  We have got to start extending the same punishments to those with power that we common folk are faced with.  We don’t get fifty million chances to get it right; they actually expect us to *GASP* obey the law.  Something needs to be immediately done with Rangel, Geithner, and the rest of the tax-evasion crew.  How about they pay back what they owe, inluding penalties?  That’s a start.

What do you think about the tax-evaders running amok in our government?  I know, let’s all just make “mistakes” on our taxes and see if we just get a warning.  How does that sound?  Leave your comments on this below or e-mail us at theconservativejournal@gmail.com.

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Rick

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Mail Bag: Ron On National Debt

The most enjoyable part of having this site is not the number of visitors I get or what my rank is on Political Top Sites, but when readers make comments that are really worthwhile, and obviously took a lot of effort.  All comments are great and much appreciated, but the ones that clearly had effort behind them are really special.  This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while, and finally got the perfect opportunity to do so.  The comment below was left on the Cramer vs. Stewart fued article by Ron:

It is ironic that Jon Stewart and a comedy show instead of the regulators or news media had to bring all of this public. Also in Cramers defense he is far less guilty than most of the other financial media for their efforts together with Wall Street, the politicians & incompetent regulators for what has happened.

While I enjoy watching Cramer every night, one must remember the show is primarily entertainment. The financial networks exist to promote their advertisers financial and investment products. Who would expect them to warn about the credit bubble or coming Washington national debt collapse which will destroy much of the remaining private wealth in America today or what this will do to the dollar, the stock market, bonds, gold or the real estate market?

China is now worried about their dangerous over investment in US Treasury obligations. Washington ’s long-term choice is either repudiation or monetization. For monetization to be effective, the depreciation in the dollar would have to be substantial and this in turn would dramatically raise prices of imports for American consumers which would mean a tremendous drop in foreign imports. Debt monetization would cause more disruption to exporting nations than selective repudiation of Treasury debt.

The Campaign to Cancel the Washington National Debt By 12/22/2013 Constitutional Amendment is starting now in the U.S. See: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=67594690498&ref=ts

Thanks,

Ron with 30 plus years in the investment business and banking industry.

I feel like I’m having a Glenn Beck sentimental moment by saying this, but that comment inspired by showing that there are still people in this world that believe in fiscal responsibility and spending along with intake.  This country is spending faster than a redneck that just won the lottery.  I just wanted to encourage everyone that has a Facebook page to join the debt elimination group, I don’t have a personal Facebook page to do it on but I might go ahead and do that one day.  Thanks again Ron for leaving the comment.

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Rick

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Jim Cramer: Why Couldn’t You Just Have Laughed??

Cramers media tour ended with a thud on The Daily Show.

Cramer's media tour ended with a thud on The Daily Show.

When someone makes a “yo mamma” joke, what is an acceptable response?  Laugh, and throw one right back.  You do not, however, e-mail your local news station, alert the authorities, go on every morning show in the country, and then tell your mother in order to save face.  While this whole scenario sounds out there, that’s basically what Jim Cramer did this past week.  Most know the story, but if not here’s a little background:

Jon Stewart made a little montage of CNBC Fails as a response to Rick Santelli’s rant the other day.  Some of the clips featured clips of Jim Cramer that were obviously plucked from various shows and grouped together to sound as bad as possible.  Instead of Cramer laughing at the little spectacle, he got upset and pitched a fit.  I think it was obvious the clips were cut to sound as bad as possible, and Stewart even willingly admitted that.  But Jim just couldn’t stand the humiliation.  He then went on a media tour that outdid even Rod Blagojevich’s media sprint earlier this year, make the whole situation much, much bigger of a deal.  Jon Stewart responded by running a special solely about Cramer, which resulted in Cramer’s attending the The Daily Show to have a little chat with Stewart.  Well that was also a FAIL because he was schooled and just looked like a fool.  So that’s where this little fued is now.

This whole event makes me embarrassed for Cramer; the clips on The Daily Show were funny and his media tour was over-dramatic and verging on pitiful.  I wish he would have handled everything better because I’m a Cramer fan, and I can’t stand Jon Stewart; I hate to see him actually win this whole little battle.  Unfortunately he won, fair and square.  What I don’t understand is why Jim made such a huge deal.  That’s what Jon Stewart gets paid to do:  read funny things off a teleprompter so everyone can have a good laugh.  Cramer needs to stick to the stock market, and make an effort to perfect that skill.  Now’s a great time for him to strike up some new support; he’s going to have numerous oppurtunities over the next few months to call the stocks and allow his followers to make quite a lot of money as we pull out of the recession.  And in the end, there’s no reason to get worked up about that kind of stuff because what is freaking out going to do?  Absolutely nothing.

What do you think of this fued?  How bad do you feel for Cramer after his day of humiliation on Thursday?  And finally, vote in today’s Poll of the Day about whose side of the fued you’re on!  Leave your comments below or e-mail us at theconservativejournal@gmail.com.

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Rick

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I Had an Inspiring Dream Last Night

Everyone needs to be the yellow smiley.

Everyone needs to be the yellow smiley.

As most everyone knows (if not, crawl out from under that rock.), the stock market is quite low right now and the economy is crap.  However, last night I had a dream that lifted my spirits a little bit.  In my dream, I was at my parents house watching FBN (Fox Business News) with my dad.  In the dream, the news anchor was visibly ecstatic over the most recent developments.  Turns out, the market was making a massive recovery and it was playing our right before all of America.  It was just noon and the market had rebounded 500 points since the opening bell, with no signs of slowing up.  Everyone was, understandably, thrilled over this news.  That is about all I can remember, but regardless of the vagueness of the dream, it certainly put things in perspective for me.  Even though times are tough now, good times will return.  Now, in no way am I downplaying the severity of our current situation.  It’s bad, and I consider myself to be one of the least affected.  I feel for the families that are losing so much (well, I feel for the one’s that were living within their means.  To the one’s that weren’t and charged up credit cards to the 6 digits so they could drive a Beemer: this mess is partially your fault.).  But no one should lose hope.  And by that I mean, in four years we have a chance to fix thies mess.  The current administration is leading us in the completely wrong direction with the economic crisis.  However, once again, great times are coming once we got out of this.  Look back at past recessions, coming off of those are some of the most prosperous years we’ve experienced.  So to everyone having a rough time now, stay optimistic!  Be as content as you can now because everything WILL get better.

Hope I’ve encouraged at least one person.  Leave a comment it below and let us hear how feel.

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Rick

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Stimulus Watch: Check This Out!

Check out Stimulus Watch for the latest updates on the wastefulness in Washington!

Check out Stimulus Watch for the latest updates on the wastefulness in Washington!

I’ve asked myself this question many, many times, but I never could come up with a concrete answer.  Yesterday, however, I was surfing the web when I came across a very interesting website: Stimuluswatch.org.  This website has a detailed description of what exactly our money is going to, and man is there a lot of nonsense in there.  Everyone’s heard that there is a lot of pork in the package, but wait until you look at this!  And not only does the site list everything, but it has a rating next to each item in the package.  This rating is I guess equivalent to a “relevancy meter”, as viewers of the site rate the item as critical or not critical.  If you vote not critical, the item loses 1 point; if you vote critical, the item gains a point.  Believe me, many, MANY items are in the severe negative points.  I encourage everyone to check this site out and vote for which items you think are critical or pointless.  It’s interesting to see what the American people actually have to say about this whole package.

Also, the site is launching a new daily feature called “Disecting the Stimulus: Sifting Through the Pork”, where we will analyze the items on the stimulus to try and find their value.  Look for this in the upcoming days!  Check back to see just how wasteful this package is.
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Where Did the People of D.C. Misplace Their Morals?

Soo, which wise guy slipped the healthcare in?

Soo, which wise guy slipped the healthcare in?

I must say, the senators in Washington reached a new low today.  And I do hate to lump them all together because I’m sure there are a few good senators (definitely a few Republicans.  Haha) that are not this crooked, but the bad apples have spoiled the bunch from an everyday American’s viewpoint.  But anyway, my recent frustration stems from the nonsense packed into the pork barrel (my name of choice for the “stimulus package”).  This time, however, I am not talking about any actual spending projects or subsidies, but something regarding healthcare.  “What?”, you may ask, “What does healthcare have to do with the pork barrel?”.  Well let me just tell you:  The senators, being the sly foxes that they are, slipped several heath provisions into the pork barrel.  And of course you ask again, “Well why would they do that?”.  Well number 1, they are more corrupt than the entire state of Illinois; and secondly, because if they do that the senate won’t debate over it, and it will quietly pass into law.  Yes America, that is what we are dealing with in Congress.  Before we even get into the complete lack of ethics in doing this, I would like to ask how this is even legal?  Shouldn’t things such as important as a healthcare be fully discussed and debated in the senate?  Uhh…. yeah.  And not only that, but shouldn’t the items in the stimulus package, I don’t know, actually be related to stimulating the economy?!  One provision was mandating the use of electronic medical records.  Alright, that’s ok, but what on this great earth is that going to do to stimulate the economy?  I know!  About as much the stimulus is going to do:  Nothing.  Honestly, I couldn’t care less whether or not we use electronic medical records, but come on senators, let’s be honest and transparent (Obama’s word of the week) and not sneak things into 5,000,000 page bills, okay?  I think we’d all be a little better off.

So what do you think about this injustice to the country?  Shouldn’t things like healthcare provisions be included in something like a, uhh, healthcare bill?  I encourage you to e-mail your senator today and let him know just how wrong this is.

Thanks for reading!

Rick

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Here’s an Idea: Let’s Ban Stimulus!

Soooo, where is the plug for the money waterfall?

Soooo, where is the plug for the money waterfall?

Why on earth does congress even try anymore?  They have proven one hundred times over that they are simply not compable of being compitent or rational.  The majority are also not able to resist the temptation to slip in their little “extras”, ranging from subsidies for struggling artists to millions for a boat to break up “dangerous polar ice”.  So from this day forth, as deemed by me, stimulus packages and discussions regarding stimulus are banned from America.  Thank you.

Now back to reality.  As much as I would love to be able to ban stimulus packages altogether, I simply don’t have the power.  And as I sit here and watch the fearless leader preach his fearmongering and propaganda on C-SPAN, I am becoming increasingly convinced that stimulus nonsense will become commonplace in this country.  And until the next elections, when hopefully Republicans can rebound in congress, the nonsense like polar ice boats and artist subsidies and national parks improvement will more than likely be thrown in there too, all for the benefit of the country of course.  (By the way, check back here in a few days for a special on all the nonsense thrown in the stimulus that apparently will save us from financial ruin!)

So here’s what I say, ban stimulus and instead try what’s proven to work:  tax cuts to EVERYONE, not just the people that don’t pay taxes at all. (No, I’m not referring to Democrats, here I’m actually talking about the people that aren’t supposed to pay taxes.)  A quick look back at history shows that these kinds of tax cuts work.  Early 1980s saw record unemployment and a recession.  Solution?  Tax cuts.  Result?  Out of recession and into some of the most prosperous years the United States has seen in recent memory.  Why on earth the Democrats in congress don’t even want to consider this blows my mind.  The only thing I can come up with is the simple fact that they apparently pay no taxes, so a tax cut wouldn’t benefit them at all.  So I encourage everyone to e-mail or write to your congressmen and women and encourage them to vote against this and future stimulus packages.  Let them know that there are tons of us out here that would rather keep our money off the bat than have the great government collect it then redistribute it at there liking!

So what do you think of the stimulus?  Are you as stunned as I am at the lack of cooperation in congress?  Or how about there ignorance to the fact that we actually don’t want to pay for the polar ice boat?  Leave a comment below or send us an e-mail.  If it’s good we just might feature it on the site!

Thanks for reading!

Rick

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Obama: Capitalism Fails!

In a press conference yesterday Barack could be heard giving the Dems what they like to hear.  When he began talking about the economy and talked about the economic policies for the last 8 years (trickle-down economics, tax cuts, CAPITALISM, etc.) he stated, “Let me be clear, those ideas have been tested and they have failed.”  Ooooh right, because stimulus packages have such a great track record for helping out the economy and all.  I mean come on, really?  To say that tax cuts, capitalism, and trickle-down economics have been proven to fail compared with the fail that is a stimulus package is moronic.  COME ON BARACK.  The last stimulus package had the same effect of throwing a peice of iceburg lettuce at a building and expecting it to fall.  Nada.  The money is lost forever and the stimulus failed to stimulate anything except for false hope.

It’s fascinating revalations such as this one that really make me wonder about where we’re headed.  Putting more confidence in a stimulus than in the fundamentals of the country is one bizarre to look at things.  So what do you think?  Are bailouts the wave of the future?  Or are you with me in thinking that they should be formally banned?  Let your voice be heard by leaving a comment or sending an e-mail.  It just might be posted on the site!

Thanks for reading!

Rick

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