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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!
Thanks for reading!

Rick

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Month in Review: March 2009

For those familiar with the “Week In Review” feature, this is virtually the same thing, it just spans a longer time period.  It’s a little more compact, though.

Site News

  • This month we added an RSS Feed, as well as e-mail subscription.  Make sure you sign up today!
  • We also became “hip” with a Facebook page.  To visit our page and became a fan, click here.  Don’t forget to tell all your conservative friends about The Conservative Journal!
  • The Hall of Fame page.  You can find the best guest comments and articles here!
  • We added the following recurring series:
    • DUmmies Exposed- Exposing those on the left that are morons.
    • Mail Bag- Bringing the best comments and e-mails to the front lines.
    • No Politics Tuesday- We have to break from politics some time!
  • We capped off the WikiGate Project and chose Joy Behar as the main conspirator.
  • And we entered the top 10 on two blog ranking websites, top 11 on one, and the top 20 on two others.  The differences in position are based on how the sites are ranked, and each site can be found under the subscription area.  Thanks to all the readers that made this possible!

Month in Numbers

  • 31,645 page views

Top 20 Posts and Pages of the Month

  1. Top Pages
  2. Possible Candidates for 2012
  3. The Chosen One Will Triumph in 2o12 Against Sarah Palin
  4. Mail Bag: Ron On National Debt
  5. Laura Ingraham Sets the Record Straight
  6. The Saga of Princess Pelosi the Magnificent
  7. The Conservative Journal, Now With RSS!
  8. Barack Obama Reads This Blog
  9. What’s Everyone’s Beef with Meghan McCain?
  10. Suspect #1: Nancy Pelosi
  11. Meghan McCain Disses Ann Coulter
  12. UPDATE: Meghan McCain Has Choice Words for Laura Ingraham
  13. Top 10 Senate RINOs According to Human Events
  14. More From the World of Meghan
  15. American Idol Top 10 Results Show
  16. I Had an Inspiring Dream Last Night
  17. American Idol Top 10- Recap
  18. Recovery Countdown: Check This Out!
  19. PolitiFact OBAMeter: Check This Out!
  20. Charlie Rangel Can’t Read His Own Writing

Posts and Polls from the Month

Look towards the bottom of these “Week in Review” posts to see every post from each week of the month, in addition to results from each poll of the day from the month!

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Mail Bag: Barack’s Special Olympics Gaffe

Barack Obama’s Special Olympics gaffe not only sparked outrage around the country, but it sparked many comments and e-mails worthy of this “Mail Bag” special.  I just want to take this time to thank everyone that commented and e-mailed, whether featured on this page or not.  Let’s start with those that agreed with me:

Jax put the comments in perspective for us on the “Barack Obama Reads This Blog” post:

He has hurt many families in America. He needs to say he is sorry in the public, not to an organization.

In addition, someone who claims to have experienced prejudice and stereotypes throughout life, and has written about them in great detail, should be more sensitive and refined from life’s lessons.

Furthermore, Obama claimed he was going to have the world think ‘highly’ of America again. Will this joke help?

For someone who spoke of equality as a creed. Does this joke match that philosophy?

For someone that said he would stand for all people. Does this stand up for those that participate in the special Olympics?

The fact is Obama claimed a higher standard. To much is given, much is required.

Obama has just showed us that ‘yes we can’ destroy what a campaign stands for with a single joke.

During the campaign for the White House in 2008, the media criticized Palin for being ‘common,’ ‘not-polished,’ ‘not-compassionate’ and ‘not presidential.’ However, compare Sarah Palins attitude in this video created three weeks ago for the Special Olympics in Boise, Idaho.

You decide the more ‘presidential’ among them. Watch: http://tinyurl.com/ccz6nj

Reaganite Republican, who writes a great conservative blog, left this comment on the same article:

Obama has something seriously wrong with him- what kind of monster mocks the disabled on network television?

I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised by this gauche and downright cruel comment re. the Special Olympics- no different than his classless cheap-shot on 90-yr-old Nancy Reagan in his first presser- apparently his preferred targets are old ladies and the handicapped… what a creep.

Narcissists like Obama are often callous- and even ruthless. They tend to lack empathy and/or a conscience. This is evident in his lack of interest in his own half-brother who lives in poverty in Kenya, or his aunt found living in public housing in Boston.

Other indicators include control freakery, grandiose self-importance, feeling “above the law”, interpersonally exploitive, inability to handle criticism, lack of empathy, arrogant behavior, surrounds himself with sycophants… sound familiar?

Obama is a mess- and his insecurities, bad childhood, and irresponsible, far-left-wierdo mother are now all OUR problem, too-

Of course, with great postivive comments, there had to be some negative:

kimi33 sent in this e-mail regarding the special olympics comments:

You conservatives just have to have something to criticize, don’t you?  Those who have never made an off-color comment can cast the first stone.  It was just a slip that doesn’t deserve all this unwarranted coverage from “Faux Noise”.  Conservatives keep saying Obama should have been fixing the economy instead of be on Jay Leno, so instead of coverring Jay Leno the conservative media should cover the economy.

Love from the left,

kimi

And to you, kimi:  What about when Bush made an off-color remark?  Did you jump on the MSDNC (See, I got funny nicknames too) bandwagon and talk about it for days?  Heck, in the days after Bush did something comparable to this the Clintons could have bombed Canada and would receive no coverage from MSDNC and the majority of media outlets.  The fact is, they can treat it like a non-story all they want, but it doesn’t erase the fact that Barack is a insensitive windbag hypocrit.  Have a great day!

So that wraps up the latest Mail Bag segment for now.  Once again, thanks to all that commented, and if your comment wasn’t featured send in another one on another article!

What was your favorite comment?  Do you think kimi had the same attitude towards John McCain when he couldn’t remember how many houses he had?  Leave your comments below and you may end up in the next Mail Bag!

Thanks for reading!

Rick

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