Monthly Archives: May 2012

Barack Obama needs more than Hoagies

As President Obama welcomed congressional leaders for a White House chat over hoagies about setting aside differences to improve the economy, a far different scenario was unfolding at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue.

Barack Obama is not exactly the great uniter is he? He is all talk and no action. Of course Congress will not let him take any action. Let’s be honest here; a strong leader can work with congress and get things done. Just consider GW Bush; look what he did. He lied to congress about WMD’s in Iraq that most of knew at the time did not exist. Yet he was able to get Congress to allow that illegitimate war to occur and take American lives. Now 10 years later they can’t even take bathroom breaks without fighting. Would it make any difference if Mitt Romney were in the White House? That is the question voters will need to answer this fall. Who can work with congress; Barack Obama obviously cannot work with a congress that is not controlled by Democrats. The people in congress all need to be fired by the voters; they’re acting like a bunch of school yard punks.

Congress’ partisan fight persists despite high-level overture

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Oh Man Obama Continues to Ride on Congress

I must start by saying I am no fan of Barack Obama however this is the first time he has pushed something that might actually help the economy.

The president’s list includes items he has previously announced and Congress has failed to embrace. That includes a proposal to allow more homeowners to refinance their mortgages and a plan to give tax credits to companies that relocate in the United States. Obama also wants to expand a tax credit for clean energy manufacturers and give a 10 percent income tax credit to employers who hire. The president also called for the creation of a job corps for veterans.

That 10% to employers alone would go a long ways in helping the underemployment situation. This is one of the few good ideas Obama has had so far. Wonder who he got it from? I digress, will congress take Obama’s list and run with it? Not very likely. They’ve seen the list before and didn’t even look at seriously at it. Not likely it have any effect coming to them as a punch line.

In latest jab, Obama offers Congress a ‘to-do’ list

Which is it? Government or Wall Street

Back to the previous post, that event organizer said something that reiterates the problem with Occupy Wall Street. He referred to this dubious ‘public anger with the government and corporate America.’ The OWS folks, or at least some of them, insist the government is funded and driven by Wall Street, ergo, Wall Street is the core problem. Therefore that’s the place that needs “occupying”. Obviously I don’t agree with that last part or else I would not be writing this blog. While I believe that our senators and representatives in Congress no longer represent Main Street (aka “We the People”), they are not necessarily a product of Wall Street. Unless of course, you consider most of them have insider investment strategies — oops Obama put an end to that. Darn!

There may be a ‘dotted line’ between Congress and Wall Street, that much I am willing to admit. Many senators and representatives are from wealthy and well-connected families to begin with. But there are relatively few CEOs that quit their jobs to become a senators or representative. So the Occupy Wall Street movement will continue to be an item of interest to me. Perhaps maybe they can even grow up and get a real goal. Something a little less lofty than dismantling capitalism and something less violent than breaking windows in banks and Mayor’s homes (yes they threw rocks through the home of Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn on Tuesday).

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Occupy Wall Street Condones May 1 Violence

Or so says one of their spokespeople by the name of Ian Finkenbinder. Officially, he is a “event organizer” but since Occupy Wall Street is a so-called leaderless organization, he becomes a spokesperson by default whether he likes it or not. Especially if he wants to sit and run his mouth to the press about what happened. What does punk Finky have to say about it?

While Finkenbinder said he doesn’t “support or condemn” the property destruction and violence, he conceded that Tuesday’s event was supposed to have been peaceful. But he said he wasn’t surprised by the turn of events, given the public anger with the government and corporate America. “When you have the inequity we see today, there will be a few broken windows,” he said.

I am not twisting his words when I say he is condoning the violent acts. You can’t make a wishy washy statement like that trying to thread some imaginary middle ground. Doesn’t support or condemn? There will be a few broken windows? WTF. Well that is condoning the violence. He should have just said ‘no comment’ or ‘that was not part of our event plan’ and left it at that.

This is not surprising considering that the Occupy Wall Street movement really has no particular goal, no coherent message, and no real direction. I guess they figured out they’re not going to get anywhere by simply demonstrating so they figure they will need to take it up a level. And that my friends, is why the police are pressing prosecutors to file felony charges against the rock throwers. They need to send the Occupy Wall Street punks a clear message: commit violent acts, you will be arrested.

PS, who let the parrot in the room?

May Day violence targeted in court

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What was the Real “Do Nothing” Congress?

According to Dana Milbank, the real Do Nothing congress was the 80th Congress (January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1949). You really could have fooled me! They at least passed 908 law during their term. Compare that to the 106 laws passed by the present congress which wraps up at the end of this year. Actually that Do Nothing congress was coined by Truman probably because he wasn’t getting his way. This was also smack dap in the middle of the McCarthy era so they were likely busy investigating boogey men (and women) in those days. My how some things never change.

To call this 112th Congress a do-nothing Congress would be an insult — to the real Do-Nothing Congress of 1947-48. That Congress passed 908 laws. To date, this one has passed 106 public laws. Even if they triple that output in the rest of 2012 — not a terribly likely proposition — they will still be in last place going back at least 40 years.

Our do-almost-nothing Congress

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Roger Clemens – Another Reason we Need to Occupy Congress

I watch CSPAN and on the rare occasions Congress is actually in session, I often say WTF – don’t they have anything better to do? Such was the case when Clemens was standing in front of Congress back in 2008. Now with his 2nd trial with charges of lying to Congress, this question comes up again. WTF were they doing wasting our tax dollars on sports doping? Leave it to the appropriate other Federal authorities. But this article gives us a reminder of what they were really after – the use of HGH in sports. That was back in the Bush Adminsistration; but nevertheless they had more important matters to attend to. This article is far too defensive of Congress, but this sums it up nicely:

The lingering belief that the Congressional hearings and subsequent developments were all a foolish use of government time and money has not gone away.

One of many foolish uses of government time and money. Indeed!

Is the government wasting tax dollars on Roger Clemens’ trials?

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Well Well, Now we See the True Occupy Wall Street Movement

Yesterday’s May Day events showed the dark side of the OWS movement (at least in Seattle). Some of the OWS children broke away from the main group and started breaking windows in banks. Now that’ll teach em won’t it! Boy they sure showed those evil Wall Street banks! LOL. Seriously folks, you babies who are considering violence need to go home to mommie and get your blanket and a hug. And in the typical lying mainstream media fashion, the liberal news is trying their hardest to make it seem like these folks are not part of the OWS movement by labeling them things like “anarchists” and “vandals”. Come on folks, we all know they are part of the OWS movement and there’s no escaping that fact. Well I have been critical of the OWS movement in the past for not having a direction or a goal. Now they’ve given us their goal: break windows in banks.

Spasms of violence hijacked attention from mostly peaceful May Day social-justice rallies Tuesday as black-clad vandals left downtown Seattle littered with shattered glass and put police — and the city — on edge. The vandalism, much of it aimed at financial institutions, recalled for many Seattleites the 1999 World Trade Organization (WTO) riots. Mayor Mike McGinn, citing lessons learned from that chaos, issued an emergency order giving police power to preventively seize anything that could be used as a weapon.

Violence mars May Day protests in Seattle

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This is the Brains of the Occupy Wall Street Movement

Blowing up bridges because the bridge leads to one of those evil 1 percent? Well at least these halfwits had a goal which is more than I can say for the Occupy Wall Street movement in general. These 5 look like real deep thinkers to me!

Dum Dums

Federal agents have broken up an alleged conspiracy by a group of self-proclaimed anarchists to blow up a bridge near Cleveland in an effort to stop money flowing to powerful corporate interests they called the “One Percent.” The plot involved a confidential FBI source and an undercover agent who sold the group two ready-made improvised explosive devices, according to court documents. The two IEDs resembled genuine C-4 explosives but were, in fact, inert. The anarchists agreed to purchase the IEDs, as well as tear-gas canisters, gas masks, and ballistic vests for $900 cash. But the anarchists’ finances were a bit disorganized. The undercover agents agreed to accept $450 upon delivery, with the other half due later.

At one point, the group considered what might happen if they were arrested. “Baxter thought that they will all go to Guantanamo Bay if they get caught,” the affidavit says. “To prevent capture, he suggested getting tacks that they could throw out of the back of the car if they get in a chase.”

You know it’s hard to make plans properly and think clearly when they’re stoned or on something. Now these are your typical dumb dumbs that show up at Occupy Wall Street events. The OWS should elect these 5 as their leaders! Seriously this article is hilarious. I almost thought I was reading something from the The Onion.

Cleveland anarchists’ getaway plan: a box full of thumbtacks

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Now This is More Like it

Rather than read a one sided affair like Mann and Ornstein’s Blame the GOP Book, may as well just read this article. This article more or less tells it like is. Polar right and polar left. Polar opposites and no more middle ground in congress. This article makes some interesting points:

Twenty years ago, moderates constituted 40 percent of Senate Republicans, and a third of the House GOP. Today, Republican moderates number 1-in-10 in the Senate and have all but disappeared from the House. The Democratic Party exhibits a similar, if less pronounced pattern: Moderate Democrats make up 12 percent of the party’s House ranks in the current Congress, down from 35 percent in 1989. In the Senate, moderate Democrats make up 15 percent — down from 27 percent 20 years ago, all of this according to Poole and Rosenthal.

Middle ground is common ground and without it, no wonder Congress can’t get anything done.

Congress: It’s going to get worse

Bachus Cleared of Wrongdoing, What a Surprise

Hm, let me see, Congress oversees itself and investigates itself via a so called independent agency, and it clears its members of any wrongdoing. What a shock. It should be a shock actually sheeple. Bachus evidently called in a few favors on this one to clear his name. That folks is how our career criminals operate behind closed doors and off camera.

Congress ethics office clears Bachus of insider trading

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