It’s sooooo cold….


(H/T: RedState.com)

Tulsa Tax Day Tea Party – Downtown Court House 4-15-2009


100_0794Tulsa actually had THREE Tea Parties today.  One downtown that I attended, one at LaFortune Park, and one at Veteran’s Park in the evening.

The downtown event that I attended had about 300-400 people.  The event at Lafortune Park in Tulsa had thousands.  The Veteran’s Park event had hundreds.

The Tulsa downtown event was peaceful and chock full of patriotic Americans of all ages who are tired of the bailouts, spending, higher taxes, and the debt placed on our children.

Don’t be deceived by the media who don’t get it and those who choose only to attack the Tax Day Tea Parties of 2009–of which can only be dubbed as “historical” in nature.

Pics from the Tulsa Tea Party Downtown April 15, 2009:

Young:

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Patriotic:

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And Great Signs!

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The Crowd:

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There were hundreds of Tea Parties today…..check out info on some of the others:

Massive: Tax Day Tea Party USA

Nashville, Tennessee THOUSANDS attending

Miami, Florida

Dayton, Ohio – 7000-8000 attendees

Reston, Virginia – 500 attendees

Chicago, Illinois – 2000 attendees

Lansing, Michigan - 5000 attendees

San Antonio, Texas – 16,000 attendees

Just a sampling of the massive multiple-site protest that was held today….I venture to say it was “historic”!

This is just the beginning…..hear that Washington? 

Gee, I love the sound of protest in the mornin’!

The Democratic School of Theft and Ethics: Perspective via history and numbers


Ever wonder what ONE TRILLION dollars looks like?  Well it looks like this:

$1,000,000,000,000

As our friend at Suitably Flip has done, however, a picture is worth a trillion words:

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Comparing the proposed liberal-program boondoggle spending to historical spending ventures, and even the Wall Street CEO bonuses that Obama whined about, you get the picture of the enormity and ridiculousness of this proposed bill!  Again from Suitably Flip:

So how big is the resulting $1.2 trillion spending package?  Big enough to dwarf any government program in history, even after adjusting for inflation.  It’s bigger than the New Deal and the Iraq War combined.  The interest alone will be costlier than the Louisiana Purchase or going to the moon.  The $18 billion in bonuses paid legally by private Wall Street firms in 2008 – decried by the President as “shameful” – is vanishingly small in comparison (smaller even than the bill’s incremental food stamps expenditures).

The only relatively modest component of the spending bonanza is the money tagged for infrastructure and energy efficiency (the ostensibly stimulative part), which accounts for less than 14% of the total.

As if the over one trillion reasons why Obama and the Dems are unfit to lead is not enough….another friendly and intelligent blogger, Doug Ross, has outlined in ascending fashion the proof of rampant corruption and stupidity that exists in the Democrat “ruling” party:

$34,000: the amount of federal taxes that Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner (D) failed to pay during his employment at the International Monetary Fund despite receiving extra compensation and explanatory brochures that described his tax liabilities.

The Faces of Corruption and Stupidity
Your Democrat Party: The Faces of Corruption and Stupidity

$75,000: the amount of money that the head of the powerful tax-writing committee, Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY), was forced to report on his taxes after the discovery that he had not reported income from a Costa Rican rental property. His excuses for the failure started with blaming his wife, then his accountant and finally the fact that he didn’t speak Spanish.

$93,000: the amount of petty cash each Congressional representative voted to give themselves in January 2009 during the height of an economic meltdown.

$133,900: the amount Fannie Mae “invested” in Chris Dodd(D-CT), head of the powerful Senate Banking Committee, presumably to repel oversight of the GSE prior to its meltdown. Said meltdown helped touch off the current economic crisis. In only a few years time, Fannie also “invested” over $105,000 in then-Senator Barack Obama.

$140,000: the amount of back taxes and interest that Cabinet nominee Tom Daschle (D) was forced to cough up after the vetting process revealed significant, unexplained tax liabilities.

$356,000: the approximate amount of income and deductions that Daschle (D) was forced to report on his amended 2005 and 2007 tax returns after being caught cheating on his taxes. This includes $255,256 for the use of a car service, $83,333 in unreported income, and $14,963 in charitable contributions.

$800,000: the amount of “sweetheart” mortgages Senate Banking Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) received from Countrywide Financial, the details for which he has refused to release details despite months of promises to do so. Countrywide was once the nation’s largest mortgage lender and linked to Government-Sponsored Entities like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Their meltdown precipitated the current financial crisis. Just days ago in Pennsylvania, Countrywide was forced to pay $150,000,000 in mortgage assistance following “a state investigation that concluded that Countrywide relaxed its underwriting standards to sell risky loans to consumers who did not understand them and could not afford them.”

$1,000,000: the estimated amount of donations by Denise Rich, wife of fugitive Marc Rich, to Democrat interests and the William J. Clinton Foundation in an apparent quid pro quodeal that resulted in a pardon for Mr. Rich. The pardon was reviewed and blessed by Obama Attorney General and then Deputy AG Eric Holder, despite numerous requests by government officials to turn it down.

$12,000,000: the amount of TARP money provided to community bank OneUnited despite the fact that it did not qualify for funds, and was “under attack from its regulators for allegations of poor lending practices and executive-pay abuses.” It turns out that Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), a key contributor to the Fannie Mae meltdown, just happens to be married to one of the bank’s ex-directors.

$23,500,000: The upper range of net worth Rep. Allan Mollohan (D-WV) accumulated in four years time according to The Washington Post through earmarks of “tens of millions of dollars to groups associated with his own business partners.”

$2,000,000,000: ($2 billion) the approximate amount of money that House Appropriations Chairman David Obey (D-WI) is earmarking related to his son’s lobbying efforts. Craig Obey is “a top lobbyist for the nonprofit group” that would receive a roughly $2 billion component of the “Stimulus” package.

$3,700,000,000: ($3.7 billion) not to be outdone, this is the estimated value of various defense contracts awarded to a company controlled by the husband of Rep. Diane Feinstein (D-CA). Despite an obvious conflict-of-interest as “a member of the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee, Sen. Feinstein voted for appropriations worth billions to her husband’s firms .”

$4,190,000,000: ($4.19 billion) the amount of money in the so-called “Stimulus” package devoted to fraudulent voter registration ACORN group under the auspices of “Community Stabilization Activities”. ACORN is currently the subject of a RICO suit in Ohio.

$1,646,000,000,000 ($1.646 trillion): the approximate amount of United States exports endangered by the “Stimulus” package, which provides a “Buy American” stricture. According to international trade experts, a “US-EU trade war looms“, which could result in a worldwide economic depression reminiscent of that touched off by the protectionist Smoot-Hawley Act.

As Ross says:

It’s not just a culture of corruption. It’s a culture of corruption and stupidity. And, unlike Republicans, Democrats appear to be above the law. All of the aforementioned clowns are still in office, ruling like the royalty they’ve become.  

REMINDER: Let’s not forget that amidst the “urgency” of this spending spree that Obama HAS decided to cut some spending….DEFENSE SPENDING! Funny that the one thing Obama took the oath to do is the very thing he finds as expendable in his first two weeks in office. The oath:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

(H/T: Jim Treacher)

Hyp”O”Crites on Parade


Remember all of those “hopey”, “changey” promises and declarative statements from Obama over the past year?  Fa-ged-a-boud-it!

It has been, what, NINE days since the ascension inauguration and already the Hypocrisy is flowing like vodka martini’s in the White House….

#1 Sacrifice

What Obama says:  Obama told us WE will need to “sacrifice” to move the country forward.

What Obama does: $100 /serving wagyu steak and vodka martinis (Obama’s favorite) for him and his guests last night after the Theft Act of 2009 passed the House.  Sacrifice for thee, but not for me….What’s a few more hundreds of dollars after a $1 Trillion Socialist package passes?

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Hypocrites on parade in the "tropical" oval office (Source: NY Times)

#2 Global Warming

What Obama said on the campaign trail:   “We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK,” Obama said.   “That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen,” he added..

What Obama does:  Cranks up the Oval Office thermostat so much that jackets are not required.   (wonder if the traditional respect for the Oval Office shown by wearing jacket and tie went out the same window Obama tried to enter this week?)  David Axelrod, who occupies the small but strategically located office next door to his boss. “He likes it warm. You could grow orchids in there.”  Heat for me, but not for thee.

#3 Transparency

What Obama said: Obama promised a new era of government openness as he took office last week, issuing a statement telling agencies “to adopt a presumption in favor of disclosure”

What Obama does: No response to requests for a list of securities the Treasury backed for $419 billion used in bank bailouts.   Also, NO transcripts from press briefings have been provided (these were always provided in the Bush admin in a timely manner, but Obama accused Bush of not being open….Ha!)

obama-inauguration-poster#4 Responsibility

What Obama says: Spending will have to be cut and some government programs will go away

What Obama does: Spends over 300% more on his ascension inauguration ($150,000,000)than the previous president ($42 million) ….during an economic “crisis” as dubbed by him.  We can’t cut the expense in programs where millions worship The One, however.

#5 Supporting the Troops

What Obama claims: He claims he supports the troops, military families and their service

What Obama does: In the excitement of adoration of Dear Leader,Obama skips the military ball for Medal of Honor winners on inauguration night…. From Cleveland Leader, “It was the party without all of the celebrities that Obama skipped. The very people who he sought to have support him during his candidacy and campaign, who have fought to protect this country, were snubbed in favor of publicity and the opportunity to rub shoulders – yet again - with the out-of-touch Hollywood elite.

Unfortunately, this will not be the end of it….after all, he is a liberal Chicago Democrat.

(Hat tip: The Anchoress and Michelle Malkin)

“O” the Irony: Obama tells Republicans to keep “politics” out of the “Generational Theft Act of 2009″


obama-the-egomanicIn meeting with Republicans on Tuesday – Obama’s so-called “bipartisan” efforts – Obama told Republicans to keep politics out of the “Generational Theft Act of 2009” (as dubbed by Michelle Malkin). 

Never mind, that the Act is ALL ABOUT POLITICS — an attempt to use a “crisis” in order to retain power for Dems for years ahead and giving favors back to Democrat/Liberal causes who got them all elected!  (abortion/sex ed /STD groups, National Endowment for the Arts, ACORN, the list goes on and on)….

From Yahoo.com, Obama’s comments in the meeting with Republicans on Capitol Hill:

“I don’t expect one hundred percent agreement from my Republican colleagues,” Obama said as fevered political maneuvering on Capitol Hill contrasted with the euphoria of his inauguration there a week before.  (SRT: GAG!)

“But I do hope that we can all put politics aside and do the American people’s business,” the president said in a time-honored appeal for Washington to overcome its bitter partisan divisions.

In the words of Obama’s White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel last November:

“Never let a serious crisis go to waste. What I mean by that is it’s an opportunity to do things you couldn’t do before.”

Nah….no Democrat politics in this “use a crisis to gain votes” bill….

Of course, Obama doesn’t NEED Republicans to vote for the bill – he has majorities in both houses…but only needs them for POLITICAL reasons.  Obama wants to be able to claim Republicans approved the bill and try to neutralize Republicans when the astronomical spending plan extends, or at the very least, doesn’t change the current recession and economic issues.

Other nuggets of faux honesty from the “Dear Leader” Obama while in the meeting.  From Jake Tapper at ABC:

“I would love to not have to spend this money,” the president said, underlining that he has no interest in increasing the size of government just to increase the size of government.

Liar, liar, pants on fire….of course he doesn’t want to increase government for the heck of it, but he does want to increase government to keep and retain power by making the sheeple increasingly dependent upon the government monster.  No liberal worth a dime has “not wanted to spend” OUR money!  Again, Obama’s words from Tapper:

But, he said, he has talked to many economists who told him almost uniformly that they needed to get a stimulus bill up and running as soon as possible to avoid double-digit unemployment, thus they put together a package with both direct spending and tax cuts.

Always remembers that most of what Obama refers to as tax cuts are not tax cuts at all….they consist largely of credits to those who never paid the tax in the first place….you know…welfare…what did I say about dependency on government?

CBO Stimulus spending chart 1-28-09In addition, the the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has released information that says only 21% of the SPENDING will enter the economy before 2010.  Does that sound URGENT to you?  Of course not.

In addition, as noted at Betsy’s Page, the spending that is supposed to “create” jobs is skewed towards those industries that have lower current unemployment, but not largely geared toward those areas with the most jobs lost:

Alan Reynolds (of Wall Street Journal) notes that the spending bill is skewed towards sectors of the economy that are not experiencing a downturn in the ways that the manufacturing sector is.

House Democrats propose to spend $550 billion of their two-year, $825 billion “stimulus bill” (the rest of it being tax cuts). Most of the spending is unlikely to be timely or temporary. Strangely, most of it is targeted toward sectors of the economy where unemployment is the lowest.

The December unemployment rate was only 2.3% for government workers and 3.8% in education and health. Unemployment rates in manufacturing and construction, by contrast, were 8.3% and 15.2% respectively. Yet 39% of the $550 billion in the bill would go to state and local governments. Another 17.3% would go to health and education — sectors where relatively secure government jobs are also prevalent.

If the intent of the plan is to alleviate unemployment, why spend over half of the money on sectors where unemployment is lowest? Another 22.5% of the $550 billion would go to social programs, such as expanding food stamps and extending benefits for the unemployed and subsidizing their health insurance.

After subtracting what House Democrats hope to spend on government payrolls, health, education and welfare, only a fifth of the original $550 billion is left for notoriously slow infrastructure projects, such as rebuilding highways and the electricity grid.

Quite a nice way to reward the government employees who vote overwhelmingly for the Democrats.

I’ll ask the same question as Reynolds again – If the intent of the plan is to alleviate unemployment and spur the economy, why spend over half of the money on sectors where unemployment is lowest?

Answer:  Because Obama and Democrats are inserting POLITICS into the process and in doing so must create MANY government jobs and programs in attempting to retain their power.

Growth in government jobs helps the Democrats…most government and union workers vote for Democrats.  From WSJ’s “A 40 Year Wish List” (hat tip to Belmont Club):

Most of the rest of this project spending will go to such things as renewable energy funding ($8 billion) or mass transit ($6 billion) that have a low or negative return on investment. Most urban transit systems are so badly managed that their fares cover less than half of their costs. However, the people who operate these systems belong to public-employee unions that are campaign contributors to . . . guess which party?

Reagan knew how to clear out government pork and clutter!

Reagan knew how to clear out government pork and clutter!

Another attempt by Obama to invoke conservative words while promoting his liberal/socialist “crisis opportunity”.  His words to Republicans..he even invokes Reagan while trying to say spending works better than tax cuts:

Mentioning conservative economist Martin Feldstein, the chief economic adviser to President Ronald Reagan, Obama said this spending will have a more stimulative effect than will tax credits. For every dollar of spending, we get 1.5 dollars’ worth of stimulus, he said. For every dollar of tax cuts, we get 75 cents’ worth of stimulus.

Question for the Great Intelligent One:

If tax cuts don’t revive economies as abundantly as spending and you are using Reagan’s economic adviser as some sort of proof….then why did Reagan drastically cut taxes and, therefore,achieve a level of wealth creation, economic recovery and increases in the treasury at unprecedented levels?  Obama, are you suggesting that this record Reagan recovery would have happened much faster with spending in place of those tax cuts?  Your very own party, the Democrats, screamed at every turn when Reagan added to the deficit with spending.

This Obama argument is stupid at worst, misleading at best.

For many more Obama tidbits, read the rest of Jake Tapper’s review for the rest of the liberal/socialist defense by Obama all cloaked in conservative language.

In closing, one Republican with the guts to speak truth to “THE ONE” was applauded for his words yesterday. From Gateway Pundit as reported by Jake Tapper at ABC:

Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md.: “Mr. President, I probably come at this from a slightly different perspective. I remember when FDR beat Hoover in 1932. So I remember the Great Depression very well. I don’t remember any of the many government programs affecting the course of the Depression. Government programs didn’t work then, I don’t know why we think they would work now.Mr. President, I think our obsessive borrowing has fully mortgaged my kids and my grandkids. Now we’re working on mortgaging my two great-grandkids. Mr. President, I think it’s more than a little bit selfish to try to solve our economic problems which we created by burdening future generations yet to be born.” *

This prompted applause.

Amen…but odds are the spoken truth went right over the heads of Obama and his liberal counterparts.

Call your representative and let them know what you think of the bill and their (impending) vote….then start hounding your Senator and let them know you don’t want any part of this Theft Act unless it actually contains MOSTLY tax cuts for spurring recovery.

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