Tuesday, September 30, 2008

And It's All George Bush's Fault.

I would never try to defend George Bush's policy decisions to anyone. But in order to solve a problem you have to first determine the cause. This video while being prejudice gives a little insight to the depth of the corruption in our system.

My uneducated opinion is the actual underlying reason, beside greed, is that we no longer manufacture hardly anything. Some people seem to believe that you can base an economy on pushing paper around. These same people seem to think that we will be just fine replacing all of our good paying jobs with service jobs at minimum wage and still fund more and more government services. They also believe that a country can import an unlimited volume of unskilled labor and destroy our unions, standard of living and ecology. They also seem to believe that you can and must sell houses to people who can't afford them and sometimes are illegals.

An economy based on more and more consumption to more and more people is not only undesirable but also unsustainable. If you believe that it is necessary to our well being to decrease our population rather than expand it you would have to agree that it is counterproductive to tie such a large percentage of our economy on building houses. More houses require more people to build and fill them. They consume a large amount of resources to build and even more to maintain. They force us to either build outward into farm able land or crowd too many people into cities creating the problems associated with that.

For a good discussion on some of the reasons for limiting growth and achieving a sustainable level of economy that benefits everyone go to Casse

Friday, September 26, 2008

The scam continues

Let's take a look at who benefitted from the largess of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac shall we?

All Recipients of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Campaign Contributions, 1989-2008

Name Office State Party Grand Total Total from
PACs Total from
Dodd, Christopher J S CT D $165,400 $48,500 $116,900
Obama, Barack S IL D $126,349 $6,000 $120,349
Kerry, John S MA D $111,000 $2,000 $109,000
Bennett, Robert F S UT R $107,999 $71,499 $36,500
Bachus, Spencer H AL R $103,300 $70,500 $32,800
Blunt, Roy H MO R $96,950 $78,500 $18,450
Kanjorski, Paul E H PA D $96,000 $57,500 $38,500
Bond, Christopher S 'Kit' S MO R $95,400 $64,000 $31,400
Shelby, Richard C S AL R $80,000 $23,000 $57,000
Reed, Jack S RI D $78,250 $43,500 $34,750
Reid, Harry S NV D $77,000 $60,500 $16,500
Clinton, Hillary S NY D $76,050 $8,000 $68,050
Davis, Tom H VA R $75,499 $13,999 $61,500
Boehner, John H OH R $67,750 $60,500 $7,250
Conrad, Kent S ND D $64,491 $22,000 $42,491
Reynolds, Tom H NY R $62,200 $53,000 $9,200
Johnson, Tim S SD D $61,000 $20,000 $41,000
Pelosi, Nancy H CA D $56,250 $47,000 $9,250
Carper, Tom S DE D $55,889 $31,350 $24,539
Hoyer, Steny H H MD D $55,500 $51,500

This is only the top-twenty. For a complete list go to Open Secrets.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

We're From The Government and We're Here To Help

When the reality of the economy collapse sinks in there will undoubtedly be civil unrest and possibly rioting in the streets. But have no fear. The government is gearing up for this event as we speak.
"Beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months, the 1st BCT will be under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command, as an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks."

"They may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive, or CBRNE, attack."

“It’s a new modular package of nonlethal capabilities that they’re fielding. They’ve been using pieces of it in Iraq, but this is the first time that these modules were consolidated and this package fielded, and because of this mission we’re undertaking we were the first to get it.”

The package includes equipment to stand up a hasty road block; spike strips for slowing, stopping or controlling traffic; shields and batons; and, beanbag bullets.

“I don’t know what America’s overall plan is — I just know that 24 hours a day, seven days a week, there are soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines that are standing by to come and help if they’re called,” Cloutier said. “It makes me feel good as an American to know that my country has dedicated a force to come in and help the people at home.”

"we're from the government and we're here to help"

Sorry Gordon, wrong number.

Today in my email I received a heart tugging plea from Sen Gordon Smith begging for money. Sorry Gordon but I don't have any extra money and if I did I would donate it to one of the groups that are working to do your job, protect the border from the illegal invasion. For a good laugh read the following:

Dear GOPUSA Activist:

Last week, The Hill, one of Capitol Hill's leading newspapers, reported that Chuck Schumer and the DSCC have spent more money attacking me than any other Senate race in the country.

For over a year, national Democrats have set their sights on me for defeat. In fact, they and other special interest groups have already spent over $6 million attacking me and distorting my record. By the time we get to Election Day, that number will reach over $20 million dollars!

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, at the orders of hyper-partisan Senator Chuck Schumer, has placed an additional $5 million in attack ads against me.

I'm reaching out to you today because I know you will help me fight back against Chuck Schumer and his cronies. Without your emergency contribution donated in the next 24 hours, the national Democrats will continue to try to buy this Senate seat.

My opponent - Jeff Merkley - is just another poisonous partisan, hand-picked by Chuck Schumer to do his dirty work. Any candidate could be propped up by the millions spent distorting my record. Some national pundits like Charlie Cook have even declared the race a "toss up."

That's why we have to keep fighting back. We must continue to stay strong until Election Day. Only with your help will our campaign have the funds needed to fight back against Schumer, Merkley, and their liberal Washington friends.

Your support today is critical. As the Democrat's top target, I need as many resources as I can to fight back against their attacks. Won't you help me by making a contribution of $25, $50, $100, $500, or even more so we can get the real truth out?

Recently at the Democratic National Convention Howard Dean told the Oregon delegation that Democrats were going to "beat the hell" out of me, and Chuck Schumer pledged, "Jeff Merkley will not lose because of a lack of dollars."

In order to combat all of the attacks, we've had to increase our fundraising budget by $2 million. We need your help today because if we hit that fundraising goal, we can continue to combat the attacks from Schumer and Merkley and get the real truth out to Oregon voters.

As we race toward November 4, there will be many battles to fight, but I am confident that with your help, Oregon's Senate seat will safely stay in Republican hands.


Gordon Smith

P.S. There is no question that I am the number one target of Democrats this fall. They have now spent more money attacking me then any other candidate in the country and I need your immediate help to fight back. I'm relying on you to be a part of my team and help us get the real truth out. Please visit this link and make an emergency contribution in the next 24 hours so we can fight today!

Paid for by Friends of Gordon Smith