Quote of the Day: Vote on Tuesday with a passion….


“Vote on Tuesday with a passion as if you have never voted before.”
- Victor Davis Hanson

Be the wave!!!!

Read Hanson’s latest column, The Inexplicables, at Pajamas Media.

Federal spending graph with “undefined slope” clearly “defines” our impending fiscal danger


From Powerline blog today:

Federal spending has gone insane, bursting all historical bounds, since the Democrats took control of Congress in January 2007. Our friend and technical adviser Joe Malchow forwarded a link to the site Political Calculations, which posed this question:

If you were asked to produce a single chart illustrating the biggest single political issue in America today, what would it look like?

And produced this chart, which plots total federal spending against median household income from 1967 to the present. Note how the essentially linear relationship that prevailed throughout almost all of that period started to change around 2000 and has gone completely haywire since 2007.

Here’s the graph:

(Graph copyright: Political Calculations 2010)

Democrats took over Congress in 2007.  Income went down and spending has soared.  Thus you see an almost vertical line on the graph that even tilts to the left with the 2009 endpoint.

In math, the type of vertical line slope you see from 2007 through 2009 is called “undefined”.   In this case I beg to differ….It defines quite a bit.   Ace of Spades defines it for us in a nutshell:

You can see that from the late 60′s up until 2000 federal spending was pretty much a straight line relative to the median household income. Then jumps to a new higher growth rate around 2002 (most likely due to 9/11). But look at what happened in 2007 when the Democrats took over the House.

Ho-ly crap!

Not only did federal spending shoot up but median income actually fell. This isn’t just new unsustainable growth – this is an effin death spiral where spending has become completely decoupled from people’s incomes. This is the kind of graph you see in engineering when a system is heading into failure. A few more years of this and we will be in Greek bankruptcy territory.

So if you’re looking for a single chart that crystallizes the current greatest danger to the US and why the Tea Party has appeared, this is it.

Powerline points out:

The obviously unsustainable explosion in federal spending that the Democratic Congress has embarked upon since 2007 is the central issue of our time. Among other things, it is the genesis of the Tea Party movement. That which can’t continue, won’t; the only question is whether sane hands will take over the tiller and restore some sort of balance, or the federal government will crash in a fiscal disaster.

Make sure you share this graph with your blinded friends who believe that the Democrats in power are “changing” things for the better.  THEY MOST CERTAINLY ARE NOT.  They are continuing to lead us into fiscal ruin. 

And for you Republican leaders….we had better see some action on cutting spending from you if the party is successful in winning one or both houses of Congress!

Every generation entertains a liar…for a time


Found this piece today that clearly outlines the last year with Obama and how it has opened the eyes of those who would not see.

…….Every generation needs a liar: a lost soul who will lead us down the wrong path. This is a good thing in an ironic way. President Obama is reminding us all that freedom requires struggle against those who would enslave us. Whether by skilled tongue or by deceitful wit, the man shows mighty oratory skills that belie a poverty of wisdom. He knows where this leads. The programs that have been enacted and are on the way all culminate in a totalitarian regime that would make Che Guevara proud and compel a nod from Josef Stalin.

The entire pieced is lengthy–says a lot of what I think but just never seem to be able to organize into words–but worth a read.

Some excerpts (my emphasis):

…..No one with a mind for politics really believes in a world where people share unconditionally or where a ‘Politburo’ will mete out justice on an even basis and a ‘Central Committee’ will order up the exact amount of bicycle chains to keep Johnny pedaling away until dinnertime. The advocates of the new social paradigm really want to have control all to themselves and are using the dim-witted Liberal pacifist ‘perfect worlders’ as useful idiots in their quest for national domination….

And:

….But I know something the liberals in this country won’t readily admit but betray by their very avaricious political practices: people are greedy. Self-interested is a more benign phrase, but you get the point. Most people think first of themselves and their families. If a bit is left over, they will give to charities and maybe volunteer at a soup kitchen during the holidays. But by and large, they are adamantly opposed to a wholesale redistribution of wealth on the basis of giving some sort of payback to the unlucky, uneducated or worse, the lazy. And it galls them even more to hear their Government say that hard work gives the successful an unfair advantage. Only a fool or other ‘morally challenged’ person would believe in legislating fairness or rewarding sloth.

And that is exactly what it feels like to the hard-working, freedom-loving Americans who have been lambasted by the Obama administration and the Democratic leaders.  Doing for yourself, excelling in your career, making money, becoming rich….NONE of those things are bad….but Obama and the Democrats are trying to suppress success all without being truthful as to their policies and plans.

…But there is more to this than politics as usual. The Democrats are setting up a form of government under the guise of ‘health care reform’ that may be well nigh impossible to undo when it becomes law. And they know this. This seems to be a suicide mission for the Democrats. But don’t feel so bad for them: They’ll have uber-lucrative lobbyist jobs in the medical industry. At least Harry Reid and Christopher Dodd will. President Obama will be a highly paid speaker at the universities where excellence is required of their students but dismissed as greed in the marketplace. Want a lesson in hypocrisy? Go to college and listen to a professor condemn capitalism while preparing you to excel in it. But I digress.

And as for that “fairness” that brings the hypocritical Dems power:

As more Democrats come forward and explain why health care is a Constitutional right and that the successful must support everybody else I watch the zeitgeist of the country swing right. What is the guy making $45,000 a year supposed to do, make do with less take-home as an illegal gets in-state tuition on the collective workers’ tab? And all the while President Obama speaks of fairness and equality. Every generation gets a liar who tries to subvert their way of life to support the drooling masses.

And about the hypocritical and “angry” Obamas – both of them:

How can a man who sounds so scholarly be so morally empty? As a young man in college I thought the professors had a higher moral standard; something to admire and mirror. Soon enough I learned which professor threw the best parties. It wasn’t until later — that I understood that high-mindedness is not the same as compassion — when I sobered up. President Obama is a true believer, and that makes him all the more dangerous. He believes in falling on his sword to remake the world in his image; and it is a Marxian image. Obama is an angry man, with an angry wife. And though they have achieved much (and who can begrudge a President for being called successful?), they are mentally beck in the ghetto. Although I still have trouble connecting their Ivy League educations with their populist rhetoric. They are adamantly opposed to success by hard work even as they are a shining example of it. I find it ironic that so many liberals work so hard and accomplish great things only to condemn the system that allowed them to prosper when they finally have attained their idea of success.

The only thing I differ with here is the  Obama’s as examples of “hard work”.  The Obamas achieved their “success” and wealth less by hard work and more by affirmative action, being a part of the Chicago machine, and portraying a veneer of equality, fairness, and “giving back” while their true content includes anger, radical ideology, anti-American sentiments, and elitism.  In other words, they are envious opportunists schooled in Leftist doctrine with a habit of lying to get what they want.

Essentially….

……A president who misrepresents his intention, agenda and policy platform is like a dubious gift to a truth-starved electorate. He is easy to swallow but, oh, the indigestion he causes! And as we choke on the hubris of this over-reaching Congress and Marxist President I take hope in the violent convulsion that is to come. The public at large will reject this sociopathic, free-spending government as it becomes more evident that we are in for a double-dip recession and a zero job recovery. And with inflation knocking at our door after thirty years of benign fluctuations, voters will be inclined to throw out the dominant party. This will not end well for the Democrats.

In the long run, the Obama Presidency coupled with Democratic power may be a blessing in disguise….the electorate is now awake….we are realizing that “freedom don’t come free”.  There are those in this world who wish to squish freedom like a bug….we didn’t expect, however, to be squished from within by an anti-American/anti-Constitutional President and Congressional leadership.  But now we see what can happen when we are complacent about the greatness of this country and the freedoms we enjoy.

In the short run, we are in for some hard times in overcoming this Marxist onslaught and purposeful reduction of American freedoms and financial might.    But it can be done.  I believe in the American spirit even if our leaders do not.

AMERICA RISING – be inspired and fight to get your country back


Revolution is brewing….


Quick Post on the upcoming “Tea Party” Revolution against the Stimulus, Socialist housing plan and now the defense-weakening, high tax budget request by Obama!  Click on icon below for info on the city-by-city  Tea Party events.

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Find the Facebook page for the National Tea Party here.

More at Michelle Malkin

Go forth and take your country back from the Socialist onslaught!

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:

stimulus-trillion-in-picture-suitably-flip

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)

Mandate to the Left of me, Divison to the Right, here I am stuck in a nightmare with “O”


Isn’t it interesting that waaaay back in 2004 when Bush won the election with 51% of the vote, the mainstream media, Democrats, liberals and partisans came out of the woodwork to say his win was NOT A MANDATE, but DIVISION?  The 51% was not a decisive edge, but stood for a great divide in this country and Bush’s win was the cause of it, basically.

Now move on up 4 years to 2008….Barack Obama won with 52% of the vote and, well, we have ourselves a BIG “O” MANDATE flush with unity and condescending compassionate victors.  Oh, and did we mention landslide?  That extra one percent sure does pack a punch!

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 (H/T: The Anchoress)

Try to remember this “unity” game when Obama, and his power-hungry friends, Reid and Pelosi continue to blame “W” for all of “O”‘s problems….remember they have full-power now…but, of course, far be it from the brilliant leftists in charge to take responsiblity for their actions!  In fact, the precedent is being set for low expectations from the party of full-power.

From Jules Crittenden:

It’s not like they’re suddenly going to stop bashing Bush. Bush will be the excuse every time their guy stumbles. That’s OK, let them blame Bush. I’ve noticed they’ve already started looking for ways to avoid responsibility, dancing around the mandate issue. SF Chron

President-elect Barack Obama’s resounding election triumph was greeted Wednesday from nearly every quarter in Washington as a mandate for change. What was most striking after a resounding victory that also added at least five Democrats to the Senate and 23 to the House, was how gingerly Democratic leaders treated their new mandate.

It is “not a mandate for any political party or any ideology,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., “but a mandate to get over those things that divide us and focus on getting things done.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, warned that Obama comes to office with “more expectations than any president I can ever remember in my lifetime,” and quickly sought to dampen them, citing the constraints of two wars and a sinking economy.

Even Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean said, “I don’t think it’s a mandate for the New Deal. … I think it’s a mandate that the political class in this country has an obligation to young people in this country to stop fighting over stuff that might have been a big issue 25 years ago but it isn’t anymore.”

So just what does mandate mean then if you can’t use it to meet those high expectations you’ve set among the Sheeple?  Jules has the answer:

……. Obama’s election is not a mandate for them to actually do anything. It’s a mandate for Republicans to shut up. About abortion, gay rights, guns, affirmative action, killing jihadis, and whatever else Republicans have been squawking about. That’s an interesting kind of mandate. Mandate for an end to free speech?

Nail on the head.

Obama: Go ahead and Kumbaya, while I pretend to be a centrist and then obliterate George Bush’s orders


Apparently there are many of us out there who are laughing in the face of Democrats (including Obama) who believe we should all bow to the alter of the Far Left Socialist crowd and forget the hatred, vitriol, and derangement that swept the Left in the last 8 years…..It would be funny, if they weren’t so darn serious.

Sure, we on the right side do intend to work to solve this country’s problems….unfortunately, the President-Elect is soon to be part of that problem. 

In any case, working for the country does not mean disbanding our conservative principles and jumping on board the “Transform and Remake America” Express just because the peaceniks no longer have George Bush to beat upon. 

And it certainly doesn’t mean that we should suddenly silence ourselves on the issues of Obama’s associations, his far-left belief system, his Socialist plans, the holes in his past that are conveniently left that way, the Alinsky tactics he has already used, and vigor with which the Democrat leaders will pull Obama further left.  These were all issues with Obama, Pelosi and Reid last Monday, November 3 and they continue to be issues worthy of discussing.  I have not doubt that new and excitingly dangerous issues are just around the corner as well….

But now let’s go back and contrast the left’s demands in the last 8 years with their demands now.   In 2000 via David Limbaugh:

Remember in 2001, after liberals had already bludgeoned President Bush for 36 days and accused him of stealing an election they’d tried to steal, when they demanded he show bipartisanship? That is, those who lost insisted that those who won reach out to them. They said Bush didn’t have a mandate and should voluntarily dilute his conservative policy proposals in the interest of getting along.

In that case, bipartisanship meant that conservatives should become more liberal on their own instead of the two factions fighting for their respective programs and letting the votes fall where they may.

Now Obama words in 2008, just yesterday, and after his first “non-telemprompter” event when he callously took a jab at Nancy Reagan (then apologized after someone had to inform him “that wasn’t nice”).  From Reuters:

Barack Obama said on Saturday that, with the long U.S. presidential election campaign over, now was the time for Americans to put aside political differences and work together to solve the economic crisis.

This speaks to a fundamental recognition that here in America we can compete vigorously in elections and challenge each other’s ideas, yet come together in service of a common purpose once the voting is done,” Obama said in the Democratic Party’s weekly radio address….

……..”Some of those choices will be difficult, but America is a strong and resilient country. I know that we will succeed if we put aside partisanship and work together as one nation. And that is what I intend to do.”

Just remember, this is the same guy who also committed to take public financing versus millions of dollars in illegal foreign donations and then reneged on his promise….just saying!

David Limbaugh has more on the contrast between the losers in 2000 and the winners in 2008 (one and the same):

Now the liberals have won, and again, they are calling for bipartisanship. But they’re not demanding from themselves, as the victors, the same standard they demanded of President Bush in 2000 or 2004. They aren’t counseling themselves to moderate their own positions to make them more palatable to congressional conservatives; they’re saying that congressional Republicans should move toward Obama in a spirit of “bipartisanship.” Heads I win; tails you lose.

So, you see there is reason that we should not fall for the “let’s all get along” meme now that the rabid, hatey, hopey, changey left is in power…and that Obama has claimed bipartisanship even while he has never exemplified it and is currently working to undermine work of the Bush Administration as first order of business….more thoughts about that from JammieWearingFool:

………..the Bushes had offered to do all they couldto help with Obama’s transition.

Bush’s graciousness is met with news that Obama will now be reversing up to 200 executive orders and administration actions.

Sure, that’s some coming together. (From Washington Post):

Transition advisers to President-elect Barack Obama have compiled a list of about 200 Bush administration actions and executive orders that could be swiftly undone to reverse White House policies on climate change, stem cell research, reproductive rights and other issues, according to congressional Democrats, campaign aides and experts working with the transition team.

and…..By the way, if we all don’t work together, I’ll (Obama) reinstitute the Fairness Doctrine and silence the opposition, so get in line, bitches.

There are further examples already presented since Tuesday that a President Obama will not govern from the center and will “change” his message and tactics as needed to woo the public….Examples here and here.

Further proof that a lessons from mistakes already made in Washington won’t be learned anytime soon. 

 And, of course, blatant proof that LOSER lefties don’t like to make nice.

Stay tuned for the ride of your life….

Barney Frank, Obama and Dems: Tax, Spend, and “Spread the Wealth


Barney Frank, just yesterday, said that we shouldn’t be concerned with the deficit “fear” right now….he indicated plans to spend, spend, spend our way out of the financial crisis (that he helped create)….and that if we can’t raise taxes now, we will do it later and we will squeeze it out of the wealthy.

I have paraphrased his words, but if you don’t believe listen here:

From HotAir.com, here is the transcript, if you’d like to read it:

I think at this point, there needs to be an immediate increase in spending, and I think this is a time when deficit fear has to take a second, uh, a second seat. I do think this is the time for a very important kind of dose of [unintelligible]. Yes, I think later on, there should be tax increases. Speaking personally, I think there are a lot of rich people out there who we can tax at a point down the road to recover some of this money.

It just galls me to hear him say that NOW the deficit doesn’t matter because we need to spend our way out of the problem primarily caused by Barney and his Democrat friends (including Obama and ACORN).

However, just about every Democrat who has had the chance, including Obama, said we should end the Iraq War (winners or not) because we are spending too much money in Iraq.   I think each of these Democrats (and some Republicans, too) need to go read what the founders intended the government’s role to be.  The governments role is to provide for a military to defend…..but the government was not formed to take from one person and give to another nor was it formed to privatize banks and slide us into a Socialist nation……Democrats would rather insert Social Engineering (ie Home mortgages for every one who can’t afford one) into the housing and lending markets, cause a huge financial crisis, blame Republicans for their own messes, and then tax and spend us all into oblivion!  But, in their eyes, if we need to do what is right and Constitutional in taking the fight to our enemies and protecting our homeland…..we are just spending too much and that is when we should worry about the deficit!  GEEZ!

Barney, Pelosi, Reid, Dodd, Obama and those like them need to GO!

On top of Barney Frank’s plans, Obama’s plans, as we learned in his answer to Joe The Plumber, is to increase taxes and “spread the wealth”.  Not to mention that when Obama lets Bush’s tax cuts expire, EVERYONE will have higher taxes.  Obama’s plan will most definitely suppress job creation and demotivate small businesses.

Obama also plans to let ACORN assist in “setting the agenda” for the nation.  You remember ACORN don’t you?  They are the taxpayer-funded left wing (claims to be bipartisan) group at the heart and center of the subprime mortgage failure and financial crisis.  R-E_C_K_L_E_S_S!  (ACORN is also Voter Fraud Central….They are actively working to kill any confidence Americans have in their right to vote by cheating with and for their leader, Obama)

God forbid that the reckless, Socialist Democrats share power with Obama….America can’t afford it financially, morally, or otherwise!  Pray for this election….!

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