Boo-Hoo Economics

Michael Ramirez Cartoon

Michelle “Antionette” Obama’s husband signed a Union Apparatchiks Bailout bill on Tuesday. It gave $26 Billion to state employees, primarily teachers (4 states of which that don’t even need it because there is no shortage!) and being the political animals in an election year what did they do to “offset” that spending?

They cut Food Stamps. 🙂

Or so the bill signed says (wait for the punchline, it’s coming).

Which prompts the liberal Boston Globe to complain:

ON TUESDAY, President Obama signed a $26 billion bill to help state and local governments cover Medicaid payments and avoid having to lay off teachers and other public employees. In what passes for high drama in Washington, the House of Representatives was called back from its summer recess to vote on the package, and the successful outcome was hailed as a major Democratic victory. “We can’t stand by and do nothing while pink slips are given to the men and women who educate our children or keep our communities safe,’’ Obama said. “That doesn’t make sense.’’
No, it doesn’t. But only by the occluded standards of contemporary Washington could this aid package be considered a victory. What began three months ago as a $50 billion emergency spending bill limped to the president’s desk at half that size and was largely paid for — “offset’’ in the clinical terminology of the budget — by cutting $12 billion from the food stamp program. In other words, a measure designed to help one group struggling in the recession came at the expense of another that is even worse off — and growing rapidly.

The number of people receiving food stamps stands at a record 41 million, or one out of every eight Americans. Driven by the downturn, that number has risen every month for the past 18 months. Last year alone, it grew by 20 percent. It’s grown by 50 percent since the recession began.

Then they say : The “good news’’ from an economic standpoint is that food stamps are a terrific vehicle for stimulus, because recipients spend them quickly.

Is that related to Nancy Pelosi’s unemployment comment that benefits are actually “Job creating” and that unemployment benefits “Create jobs faster than almost any other initiative you can name.” 🙂

Bad news is Good News and Good News is Good News. Orwell would be proud of them.

But I find this “offset” target very curious. And makes me wonder just how politically motivated it was, as in, they picked something that made it look like they were being “responsible” knowing they’d never really do it.

And it was less than they wanted to begin with, so they were being more “responsible”.

But the truth is, it was in part a Campaign Slush Fund transfer anyhow. 🙂

Along with a bailout of his apparatchiks.

It goes like this, they give these Billions to teachers unions and then the teachers unions turn some of that money right back around as PAC contributions to Democrats running for re-elections. So it’s free campaign money.

They have effectively porked their own candidates without actually looking like it.

Now isn’t that just peachy. 🙂

According to the Washington, D.C.-based Labor Union Report, the National Education Association in 2009 “raked in a whopping $355,334,165 in ‘dues and agency fees’ from (mostly) teachers around the country.” It spent close to $11 million more than it took in — $50 million of which union leaders poured into “political activities and lobbying” for exclusively left-wing and Democratic partisan causes and candidates.

Its primary mission? No, not educational excellence. Not “the children.” Political self-preservation.

Last July, the National Education Association’s retiring top lawyer, Bob Chanin, speaking at the NEA’s annual meeting in July, made the union’s true interests transparent: “Despite what some among us would like to believe it is not because of our creative ideas. It is not because of the merit of our positions. It is not because we care about children, and it is not because we have a vision of a great public school for every child. NEA and its affiliates are effective advocates because we have power.

“And we have power because there are more than 3.2 million people who are willing to pay us hundreds of millions of dollars in dues each year, because they believe that we are the unions that can most effectively represent them, the unions that can protect their rights and advance their interests as education employees . . .

“This is not to say that the concern of NEA and its affiliates with closing achievement gaps, reducing dropout rates, improving teacher quality and the like are unimportant or inappropriate. To the contrary.

“These are the goals that guide the work we do. But they need not and must not be achieved at the expense of due process, employee rights and collective bargaining. That simply is too high a price to pay.”

Left-wing radical Saul Alinsky taught his education acolytes well. Teacher organizers, he counseled, must commit to a “singleness of purpose.” No, not serving children’s needs, but serving the “ability to build a power base.” If that isn’t the dictionary definition of “special interest,” what is? (Michelle Malkin)

Back to the Boo-Hoo Globe: The justification offered by proponents was that food prices haven’t risen as much as Congress expected them to, and therefore cutting benefits to hungry kids isn’t really so bad, especially since the cuts won’t take effect until 2014.

Ta Da!  there’s the magic bullet!!

So they are cutting food stamps 4 years from now to pay for a Union Stimulus now!

Kinda sounds like Wimpy from The Popeye cartoons, “I will pay you tomorrow for a hamburger today”.

That’s Liberal economics for ya.

Which leads to….

The U.S. government spent itself deeper into the red last month, paying nearly $20 billion in interest on debt and an additional $9.8 billion to help unemployed Americans.
Federal spending eclipsed revenue for the 22nd straight time, the Treasury Department said Wednesday. The $165.04 billion deficit, while a bit smaller than the $169.5 billion shortfall expected by economists polled by Dow Jones Newswires, was the second highest for the month on record. The highest was $180.68 billion in July 2009.
The government usually runs a deficit during July, which is the 10th month of the fiscal year. So far in fiscal 2010, the government spent $1.169 trillion more than it made. That figure is about $98 billion lower than during the comparable period a year earlier.
For all of fiscal 2009, the U.S. ran a record $1.42 trillion deficit. Fiscal 2010 might run a little higher—the Obama administration sees $1.47 trillion.
Wednesday’s monthly Treasury statement said U.S. government revenues in July totaled $155.55 billion, compared with $151.48 billion in July 2009.
Spending was higher, totaling $320.59 billion. July 2009 spending amounted to $332.16 billion.
Year-to-date revenues were $1.75 trillion, compared with $1.74 trillion in the first 10 months of fiscal 2009. Spending so far in this fiscal year is $2.92 trillion, versus $3.01 trillion in the prior period.
Spending for benefits for the unemployed year to date totaled $121.4 billion; for July, the tab was $9.8 billion, the Treasury statement said.
Years of deficit spending by Washington have led to a mounting national debt. Interest payments so far in fiscal 2010 amount to $185.25 billion; by contrast, corporate taxes collected by the government during the same 10 months were $139.71 billion. Interest payments in July alone were $19.9 billion. (WSJ)

But don’t worry, this was all George W. Bush’s Fault! He made them do it!! 😦

Then Boston Globe ends with this sobbing whine: But the idea that they’ve won anything overall is hard to sustain. They sacrificed the most effective form of stimulus and capitulated to the Republican idea that deficits matter above all else. Their decision about who should bear the brunt of the offsets, and the silence that greeted it, suggests a moral capitulation as well. It may be a victory. But it’s nothing to brag about.

They have to be dishonest even to themselves in their Insufferable Perceived Moral Superiority and Outrage.

The cuts aren’t until 2014 ya dirtbags! You know, the same year the Health Care Mandate kicks in!  🙂 So they are sobbing about cutting something 4 years from now to pay for pork spending now and they are boo-hooing “it’s so unfair” about it.

Meanwhile the Deficit is climbing towards 15 Billion dollars and they just can’t stop the addiction to spending, especially on their own apparatchiks.

But that’s all George W. Bush’s Fault!

Where’s that Industrial Strength Barf Bag…

Just Say NO!

MO Says NO!

Missouri voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a federal mandate to purchase health insurance, rebuking President Barack Obama’s administration and giving Republicans their first political victory in a national campaign to overturn the controversial health care law passed by Congress in March.

“The citizens of the Show-Me State don’t want Washington involved in their health care decisions,” said Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, one of the sponsors of the legislation that put Proposition C on the August ballot. She credited a grass-roots campaign involving Tea Party and patriot groups with building support for the anti-Washington proposition.

With most of the vote counted, Proposition C was winning by a ratio of nearly 3 to 1. The measure, which seeks to exempt Missouri from the insurance mandate in the new health care law, includes a provision that would change how insurance companies that go out of business in Missouri liquidate their assets.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Cunningham said at a campaign gathering at a private home in Town and Country. “Citizens wanted their voices to be heard.”

Missouri was the first of four states to seek to opt out of the insurance purchase mandate portion of the health care law that had been pushed by Obama. And while many legal scholars question whether the vote will be binding, the overwhelming approval gives the national GOP momentum as Arizona, Florida and Oklahoma hold similar votes during midterm elections in November.(STL Today)

So it’s time for the Feds to Sue another State to enforce their Supremacy. 🙂

And then there’s Viriginia. Possible Arizona (again), Florida,and Oklahoma.

Texas and several other states have lawsuits pending against ObamaCare.

Pretty soon they’ll have to sue everyone to enforce their supremacy.

But that won’t be a Banana Republic Dictatorship now will it?  Oh no! :0

That will be Bush’s Fault! 🙂

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THE STIMULUS

Remember that wunderkind of  Keynesian economics that would create millions of jobs and unemployment would not go above 8%??

Well,  not so much. There is now yet another report out on even more waste, fraud and abuse of that money. Big surprise there.

But don’t worry, ObamaCare will lower premiums, lower the deficit and foster world peace. Oh, and make your toast in the morning! 🙂

“Of course the recipients of these taxpayer dollars will complain and justify the reason for receiving these funds,” McCain said. “The question should be posed, how many jobs did this create? And obviously with these projects, little or none.”

And Remember, the signs touting these projects (like the 1 week project to repave the street near me) cost $10,000 each!

But for that week, there were jobs “saved or created”.

Rejoice!

White House Spokesperson Liz Oxhorn said the Obama administration will review the claims of the report, but it is not prepared to immediately accept the conclusion that these projects were misguided….this isn’t about partisan ‘reports’ or a single project – it’s about a choice between returning to the failed policies of the past or building on solutions like the Recovery Act that are moving America forward.”

Obama’s New Campaign slogan: It Could have been Worse– it could have been Bush! It’s all Bush’s Fault!

BUSH Made Me do it! 😦

Seriously!

So if you want to return to the Bush Doctrine, vote for Republicans.

It’s bloody August 2010, and the President has been in office now 19 months and the Democrats have controlled Congress from 3 1/2 years But it’s still Bush’s Fault!!! 😦

I hope you’re not dumb enough to fall for that. I known partisan Democrats are, there’s no hope for them.

“Eighteen months since the passage of the stimulus bill, millions of jobs are still gone and the economy is as uncertain as ever. The only thing getting a boost is our national debt. The stimulus has helped push it 23 percent higher, to $13.2 trillion, a new record.”

But remember, that’s all Bush’s Fault!  You wouldn’t want a repeat of Bush’s Fault by voting out Democrats in November now would you? 🙂

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked for a reaction. Here’s his exchange with a reporter:
REPORTER: Do you think it’s a credible report?
MR. GIBBS:  From what I’ve read, no.

So what are some of these dream jobs:

There’s $4.7 million for Lockheed Martin to study supersonic corporate jet travel. More than $210,000 for the National Institutes of Health to study the sex lives of college students. And roughly $233,000 for California college students to conduct exit polls in Africa about voting patterns.

• $554,763 for the Forest Service to replace windows in a closed visitor center at Mount St. Helens
• $762,372 to create “Dance Draw” interactive dance software
• $62 million for a tunnel to nowhere in Pittsburgh, PA that even Governor, Ed Rendell called “a tragic mistake”
• $1.9 million for international ant research
• $1.8 million for a road project that is threatening a pastor’s home
• $308 million for a joint clean energy venture with…BP
• $89,298 to replace a new sidewalk that leads to a ditch in Boynton, OK

$298,543 to predict the weather on other planets.

$363,000  to National Institute of Health to promote The Stimulus itself. The NIH? That’s a curious choice. And if this was before the Health Care “reform” passed makes it even more curious.

And since the government spent $700,000 to promote ObamaCare via Andy Griffith.

So how does a Billion dollars in PR for their socialism create new jobs?

It doesn’t. But it works for them.

$144,541 for Wake Forest University scientists to give monkeys cocaine and see what happens. Even scarier: they’re having the monkeys administer the coke themselves. No word yet if part of the cost is allocated to rolled up hundred dollar bills.

$712,883 to build a machine that tells jokes (presumably funnier than the ones Coburn and McCain tried to crack in this report).

$294,958 on a program to reduce menopausal hot flashes with yoga classes.

$1.2 million for research how elderly people react to playing video games.

$180,935 to discover a better method for freezing rat sperm.

$112,437 for three high school students and three college students to study alcohol in laboratories (read: pound shots out of test tubes)

McCain cited $500,000 for Arizona State University to “study the genetic makeup of ants to determine distinctive roles within the ant colony” and another $450,000 to “study division of labor in ant colonies and develop a model for humans to determine the optimal strategy for distributing a specialist in a variable work environment.”

Dana Perino, a conservative, on Hannity last night said (not in a good way)  “Even if half of them are false, that means half of them are accurate”.

Media Matters, the George Soros funded Uber-Leftist socialist site used this as a headline attacking the report!

On uber-leftist blogger even said that if it was put out by a republican it must therefore on it’s face be a lie. Period. End of Story. 🙂

Isn’t partisan cognitive dissonance  fun? 😦

And remember, these are the “open minded” and “fair” Liberals….  who are way smarter than you and are way better at running your life for you. 🙂

The Report: http://coburn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?a=Files.Serve&File_id=a7e82141-1a9e-4eec-b160-6a8e62427efb&utm_source=Media_Subscribers&utm_campaign=8f082e789c-Franklin_Comm_Maine&utm_medium=email

or

http://www.pdfdownload.org/pdf2html/pdf2html.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.foxnews.com%2Fprojects%2Fpdf%2F8_3_10_Stimulus_III_Report.pdf&images=yes

The Winning Strategy Part 1: The Media

November 2010.

The most important election in American History.

And the Democrats know it.

So, get ready for anything goes.

Because after all, the end justifies the means.

There will be all out Nuclear Race War.

Class Warfare.

Bush Derangement Syndrome will be epidemic.

You’ll up to the sky in kitchen sinks.

Nothing will actually be off limits.

Everyone of you who even hints at disagreeing with them is a Racist or an Uncle Tom.

You know who you are. 🙂

And The Mainstream Media will be right there in their propaganda roll as the Ministry of Truth.

The Ministry of Truth is involved with news media, entertainment, the fine arts and educational books. Its purpose is to rewrite history and change the facts to fit Party doctrine for propaganda effect. For example, if Big Brother makes a prediction that turns out to be wrong, the employees of the Ministry of Truth go back and rewrite the prediction so that any prediction Big Brother previously made is accurate. This is the “how” of the Ministry of Truth’s existence. Within the novel Orwell elaborates that the deeper reason for its existence is to maintain the illusion that the Party is absolute. It cannot ever seem to change its mind (if, for instance, they perform one of their constant changes regarding enemies during war) or make a mistake (firing an official or making a grossly misjudged supply prediction), for that would imply weakness and to maintain power the Party must seem eternally right and strong.

Think how underplayed the greatest lie of the Obama administration is being ignored, That of the Health Care Mandate as a Tax then you get the idea.

Then it came out this week that many in the News Media (not just “commentators”) actively and with political forethought deliberately ignored, suppressed or actively worked against the Reverend Jeremiah Wright story when it broke and actively worked to get Obama elected in general by hook or by crook.

Absolutely no “objectivity” or “journalism” need apply.

Did you notice how fast it disappeared?  And anyone who brought it  after that was…<<drum roll>>…A RACIST! 🙂

And if you disagreed with Obama, you were de facto a Racist?

Then after he was elected the Tea Party sprung up, and guess what, they were Racists too!!

It was no accident. I was a calculated plan by the very journalists themselves.

Someone found a forum where “journalists” hung out and said what they really think.

But don’t expect to here it on the Mainstream Media, the very people who were saying it. 🙂

Daily Caller: It was the moment of greatest peril for then-Sen. Barack Obama’s political career. In the heat of the presidential campaign, videos surfaced of Obama’s pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, angrily denouncing whites, the U.S. government and America itself. Obama had once bragged of his closeness to Wright. Now the black nationalist preacher’s rhetoric was threatening to torpedo Obama’s campaign.

According to records obtained by The Daily Caller, at several points during the 2008 presidential campaign a group of liberal journalists took radical steps to protect their favored candidate. Employees of news organizations including Time, Politico, the Huffington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the Guardian, Salon and the New Republic participated in outpourings of anger over how Obama had been treated in the media, and in some cases plotted to fix the damage.

In one instance, Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent urged his colleagues to deflect attention from Obama’s relationship with Wright by changing the subject. Pick one of Obama’s conservative critics, Ackerman wrote, “Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists.”

Specifically, “If the right forces us all to either defend Wright or tear him down, no matter what we choose, we lose the game they’ve put upon us,” Ackerman wrote on the Journolist listserv in April 2008. “Instead, take one of them — Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists.”

Michael Tomasky, a writer for the Guardian, also tried to rally his fellow members of Journolist: “Listen folks–in my opinion, we all have to do what we can to kill ABC and this idiocy in whatever venues we have. This isn’t about defending Obama. This is about how the [mainstream media] kills any chance of discourse that actually serves the people.”

ABC being the “tough questions” asked of the President about Rev. Wright in April 2008, just after it broke.

How dare they! That must be stopped!

The tough questioning from the ABC anchors left many of them outraged. “George [Stephanopoulos],” fumed Richard Kim of the Nation, is “being a disgusting little rat snake.”

“Richard Kim got this right above: ‘a horrible glimpse of general election press strategy.’ He’s dead on,” Tomasky continued. “We need to throw chairs now, try as hard as we can to get the call next time. Otherwise the questions in October will be exactly like this. This is just a disease.”

(In an interview Monday, Tomasky defended his position, calling the ABC debate an example of shoddy journalism.)

Thomas Schaller, a columnist for the Baltimore Sun as well as a political science professor, upped the ante from there. In a post with the subject header, “why don’t we use the power of this list to do something about the debate?” Schaller proposed coordinating a “smart statement expressing disgust” at the questions Gibson and Stephanopoulos had posed to Obama.

“It would create quite a stir, I bet, and be a warning against future behavior of the sort,” Schaller wrote.

Tomasky approved. “YES. A thousand times yes,” he exclaimed.

The members began collaborating on their open letter. Jonathan Stein of Mother Jones rejected an early draft, saying, “I’d say too short. In my opinion, it doesn’t go far enough in highlighting the inanity of some of [Gibson’s] and [Stephanopoulos’s] questions. And it doesn’t point out their factual inaccuracies …Our friends at Media Matters probably have tons of experience with this sort of thing, if we want their input.”

Jared Bernstein, who would go on to be Vice President Joe Biden’s top economist when Obama took office, helped, too. The letter should be “Short, punchy and solely focused on vapidity of gotcha,” Bernstein wrote.

In the midst of this collaborative enterprise, Holly Yeager, now of the Columbia Journalism Review, dropped into the conversation to say “be sure to read” a column in that day’s Washington Post that attacked the debate.

Columnist Joe Conason weighed in with suggestions. So did Slate contributor David Greenberg, and David Roberts of the website Grist. Todd Gitlin, a professor of journalism at Columbia University, helped too.

Journolist members signed the statement and released it April 18, calling the debate “a revolting descent into tabloid journalism and a gross disservice to Americans concerned about the great issues facing the nation and the world.”

The letter caused a brief splash and won the attention of the New York Times. But only a week later, Obama – and the journalists who were helping him – were on the defensive once again.

Jeremiah Wright was back in the news after making a series of media appearances. At the National Press Club, Wright claimed Obama had only repudiated his beliefs for “political reasons.” Wright also reiterated his charge that the U.S. federal government had created AIDS as a means of committing genocide against African Americans.

It was another crisis, and members of Journolist again rose to help Obama.

Chris Hayes of the Nation posted on April 29, 2008, urging his colleagues to ignore Wright. Hayes directed his message to “particularly those in the ostensible mainstream media” who were members of the list.

The Wright controversy, Hayes argued, was not about Wright at all. Instead, “It has everything to do with the attempts of the right to maintain control of the country.”

Hayes castigated his fellow liberals for criticizing Wright. “All this hand wringing about just
how awful and odious Rev. Wright remarks are just keeps the hustle going.”

“Our country disappears people. It tortures people. It has the blood of as many as one million Iraqi civilians — men, women, children, the infirmed — on its hands. You’ll forgive me if I just can’t quite dredge up the requisite amount of outrage over Barack Obama’s pastor,” Hayes wrote.

Hayes urged his colleagues – especially the straight news reporters who were charged with covering the campaign in a neutral way – to bury the Wright scandal. “I’m not saying we should all rush en masse to defend Wright. If you don’t think he’s worthy of defense, don’t defend him! What I’m saying is that there is no earthly reason to use our various platforms to discuss what about Wright we find objectionable,” Hayes said.

(Reached by phone Monday, Hayes argued his words then fell on deaf ears. “I can say ‘hey I don’t think you guys should cover this,’ but no one listened to me.”)

Katha Pollitt – Hayes’s colleague at the Nation – didn’t disagree on principle, though she did sound weary of the propaganda. “I hear you. but I am really tired of defending the indefensible. The people who attacked Clinton on Monica were prissy and ridiculous, but let me tell you it was no fun, as a feminist and a woman, waving aside as politically irrelevant and part of the vast rightwing conspiracy Paula, Monica, Kathleen, Juanita,” Pollitt said.

“Part of me doesn’t like this shit either,” agreed Spencer Ackerman, then of the Washington Independent. “But what I like less is being governed by racists and warmongers and criminals.”

Ackerman went on:

I do not endorse a Popular Front, nor do I think you need to. It’s not necessary to jump to Wright-qua-Wright’s defense. What is necessary is to raise the cost on the right of going after the left. In other words, find a rightwinger’s [sic] and smash it through a plate-glass window. Take a snapshot of the bleeding mess and send it out in a Christmas card to let the right know that it needs to live in a state of constant fear. Obviously I mean this rhetorically.

And I think this threads the needle. If the right forces us all to either defend Wright or tear him down, no matter what we choose, we lose the game they’ve put upon us. Instead, take one of them — Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists. Ask: why do they have such a deep-seated problem with a black politician who unites the country? What lurks behind those problems? This makes *them* sputter with rage, which in turn leads to overreaction and self-destruction.

Ackerman did allow there were some Republicans who weren’t racists. “We’ll know who doesn’t deserve this treatment — Ross Douthat, for instance — but the others need to get it.” He also said he had begun to implement his plan. “I previewed it a bit on my blog last week after Commentary wildly distorted a comment Joe Cirincione made to make him appear like (what else) an antisemite. So I said: why is it that so many on the right have such a problem with the first viable prospective African-American president?”

Several members of the list disagreed with Ackerman – but only on strategic grounds.

“Spencer, you’re wrong,” wrote Mark Schmitt, now an editor at the American Prospect. “Calling Fred Barnes a racist doesn’t further the argument, and not just because Juan Williams is his new black friend, but because that makes it all about character. The goal is to get to the point where you can contrast some _thing_ — Obama’s substantive agenda — with this crap.”

(In an interview Monday, Schmitt declined to say whether he thought Ackerman’s plan was wrong. “That is not a question I’m going to answer,” he said.)

Kevin Drum, then of Washington Monthly, also disagreed with Ackerman’s strategy. “I think it’s worth keeping in mind that Obama is trying (or says he’s trying) to run a campaign that avoids precisely the kind of thing Spencer is talking about, and turning this into a gutter brawl would probably hurt the Obama brand pretty strongly. After all, why vote for him if it turns out he’s not going change the way politics works?”

But it was Ackerman who had the last word. “Kevin, I’m not saying OBAMA should do this. I’m saying WE should do this.”

Karl Rove played down the notion that members of the mainstream press agreed with Ackerman but he said he found it curious that such talk was tolerated within the group. It was important, he added, not to judge the motives of members who chose not to respond.

“I thought it was a revealing insight in the attitude of one minor player in the D.C. world of journalism,” Rove said of Ackerman’s comments. “It’s an even more important insight into a broader group of more prominent journalists that they seem to be willing to tolerate the suggestion that they should all tell a deliberate lie or that they should take somebody’s head and shove it through a plate glass window. I would hope that somebody would say, ‘Mr. Ackerman, do you really believe we ought to fabricate a lie about people just because we don’t agree with them?’”

Barnes added that even if there was an effort on the left to smear opponents as racists, the plan wouldn’t work.

“The charge has been made so often without any evidence that it has lost its sting,” he said. “It has become the last refuge of liberal scoundrels.”

Interview on FOX: http://dailycaller.com/2010/07/20/publisher-neil-patel-chats-with-megyn-kelly-about-journolist/

And Now Part II: The Enemies List

If you were in the presence of a man having a heart attack, how would you respond? As he clutched his chest in desperation and pain, would you call 911? Would you try to save him from dying? Of course you would.

But if that man was Rush Limbaugh, and you were Sarah Spitz, a producer for National Public Radio, that isn’t what you’d do at all.

In a post to the list-serv Journolist, an online meeting place for liberal journalists, Spitz wrote that she would “Laugh loudly like a maniac and watch his eyes bug out” as Limbaugh writhed in torment.

In boasting that she would gleefully watch a man die in front of her eyes, Spitz seemed to shock even herself. “I never knew I had this much hate in me,” she wrote. “But he deserves it.”

Spitz’s hatred for Limbaugh seems intemperate, even imbalanced. On Journolist, where conservatives are regarded not as opponents but as enemies, it barely raised an eyebrow.

In the summer of 2009, agitated citizens from across the country flocked to town hall meetings to berate lawmakers who had declared support for President Obama’s health care bill. For most people, the protests seemed like an exercise in participatory democracy, rowdy as some of them became.

On Journolist, the question was whether the protestors were garden-variety fascists or actual Nazis.

“You know, at the risk of violating Godwin’s law, is anyone starting to see parallels here between the teabaggers and their tactics and the rise of the Brownshirts?” asked Bloomberg’s Ryan Donmoyer. “Esp. Now that it’s getting violent? Reminds me of the Beer Hall fracases of the 1920s.”

Richard Yeselson, a researcher for an organized labor group who also writes for liberal magazines, agreed. “They want a deficit driven militarist/heterosexist/herrenvolk state,” Yeselson wrote. “This is core of the Bush/Cheney base transmorgrified into an even more explicitly racialized/anti-cosmopolitan constituency. Why? Um, because the president is a black guy named Barack Hussein Obama. But it’s all the same old nuts in the same old bins with some new labels: the gun nuts, the anti tax nuts, the religious nuts, the homophobes, the anti-feminists, the anti-abortion lunatics, the racist/confederate crackpots, the anti-immigration whackos (who feel Bush betrayed them) the pathological government haters (which subsumes some of the othercategories, like the gun nuts and the anti-tax nuts).”

“I’m not saying these guys are capital F-fascists,” added blogger Lindsay Beyerstein, “but they don’t want limited government. Their desired end looks more like a corporate state than a rugged individualist paradise. The rank and file wants a state that will reach into the intimate of citizens when it comes to sex, reproductive freedom, censorship, and rampant incarceration in the name of law and order.”

On Journolist, there was rarely such thing as an honorable political disagreement between the left and right, though there were many disagreements on the left. In the view of many who’ve posted to the list-serv, conservatives aren’t simply wrong, they are evil. And while journalists are trained never to presume motive, Journolist members tend to assume that the other side is acting out of the darkest and most dishonorable motives.

When the writer Victor Davis Hanson wrote an article about immigration for National Review, for example, blogger Ed Kilgore didn’t even bother to grapple with Hanson’s arguments. Instead Kilgore dismissed Hanson’s piece out of hand as “the kind of Old White Guy cultural reaction that is at the heart of the Tea Party Movement. It’s very close in spirit to the classic 1970s racist tome, The Camp of the Saints, where White Guys struggle to make up their minds whether to go out and murder brown people or just give up.”

The very existence of Fox News, meanwhile, sends Journolisters into paroxysms of rage. When Howell Raines charged that the network had a conservative bias, the members of Journolist discussed whether the federal government should shut the channel down.

“I am genuinely scared” of Fox, wrote Guardian columnist Daniel Davies, because it “shows you that a genuinely shameless and unethical media organisation *cannot* be controlled by any form of peer pressure or self-regulation, and nor can it be successfully cold-shouldered or ostracised. In order to have even a semblance of control, you need a tough legal framework.” Davies, a Brit, frequently argued the United States needed stricter libel laws.

“I agree,” said Michael Scherer of Time Magazine. Roger “Ailes understands that his job is to build a tribal identity, not a news organization. You can’t hurt Fox by saying it gets it wrong, if Ailes just uses the criticism to deepen the tribal identity.”

Jonathan Zasloff, a law professor at UCLA, suggested that the federal government simply yank Fox off the air. “Do you really want the political parties/white house picking which media operations are news operations and which are a less respectable hybrid of news and political advocacy?”

But Zasloff stuck to his position. “I think that they are doing that anyway; they leak to whom they want to for political purposes,” he wrote. “If this means that some White House reporters don’t get a press pass for the press secretary’s daily briefing and that this means that they actually have to, you know, do some reporting and analysis instead of repeating press releases, then I’ll take that risk.”

Scherer seemed alarmed. “So we would have press briefings in which only media organizations that are deemed by the briefer to be acceptable are invited to attend?”

John Judis, a senior editor at the New Republic, came down on Zasloff’s side, the side of censorship. “Pre-Fox,” he wrote, “I’d say Scherer’s questions made sense as a question of principle. Now it is only tactical.”

Jonathan Zasloff, a law professor at UCLA, suggested that the federal government simply yank Fox off the air…

“If this means that some White House reporters don’t get a press pass for the press secretary’s daily briefing and that this means that they actually have to, you know, do some reporting and analysis instead of repeating press releases, then I’ll take that risk.”

A comment on the website after the stories summed it up beautifully:

This expose simply confirms what many of us have known all along. Liberals in the MSM are rigid idealogues who write for each other. They passionately believe they are on the side the angels while conservatives are just plain evil. In their world the ends justify the means and advocacy journalism is their contribution to advancing the cause. They are no better than the “journalists” who wrote for TASS or PRAVDA and their mindset is as rigid and narrow as what you would find in areas where the Taliban has complete control.

Excerpts: http://dailycaller.com/2010/07/21/a-few-excerpts-from-journolist-journalists/

Tomorrow, the question will be how do you fix voters…CHEAT like You have CHEATED before! 🙂
One Hint: The Electoral College is Evil and must be stopped! 🙂

Beatle Maniac

Pro-SB1070 Rally in 107 Degree Heat!! (don’t expect this on any National Leftist Media):

http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_phoenix_metro/central_phoenix/rally-to-hit-capitol-in-favor-of-arizona-immigration-law

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Sir Paul McCartney’s cheap shot aimed at former President George W. Bush at a White House event on Wednesday has prompted House Minority Leader John Boehner to demand an apology from the Beatle.

McCartney literally gushed over President Obama throughout his East Room concert.  “Getting this prize would just be good enough, but getting it from this president…” McCartney said letting his praise trail off as if there were vast volumes left unsaid.

The prize McCartney was given is the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, a lifetime achievement award bestowed by the Library of Congress.

McCartney ended the evening taking a baseless cheap shot at former President George W. Bush.

“After the last eight years, it’s great to have a President who knows what a library is,” McCartney quipped.

When did decorum go out of style?

Decorum from the Left, even the British Left, why? They’re too full of their own greatness for that!

We all know the first rule of polite society: If you can’t think of something nice to say about someone, don’t say anything at all. In certain bien pensant circles, however, there is a corollary: If you can’t think of anything nice to say — say something bad about George W. Bush.


And the more juvenile it is, the better.
“Like millions of other Americans, I have always had a good impression of Paul McCartney and thought of him as a classy guy, but I was surprised and disappointed by the lack of grace and respect he displayed at the White House,” Boehner told HUMAN EVENTS.  “I hope he’ll apologize to the American people for his conduct which demeaned him, the White House and President Obama.”

McCartney is the third recipient of the Gershwin Prize. Hailing from England and having earned no university degrees of his own, the Beatle may not know W. was the first American president to earn a master’s degree in business administration. (The fact the MBA is from Harvard really irks the left.) Not to mention Bush is married to a librarian.

Beatlejuice not Beetlemania would be preferable.
But anyone who has read very many of my blogs or been to message boards where the Left hangs out know all about the Narcissistic Personality Disorders that thrive on the Left.
And the immature, kindergarten-level cheap shots passed off as clever and witty, and oh so, wonderful.
But Bush Derangement Syndrome from a Brit is interesting.

The Bush administration oversaw creation of a federal grant program to train a new generation of librarians. It’s called the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, and it has awarded $130 million to date. During Bush’s presidency, federal funding for public libraries grew from $163.2 million per year to $212.2 million per year – a 30 percent increase.

In mocking the boorishness of a former U.S. president, Sir Paul, and those who roared at his remark, unfortunately demonstrated their own.
But, as we (who are not Liberals) know, facts almost never, ever matter to Liberals. Especially, if it gets in the way of their agenda or gets in the way of a snarky dig at Bush or a Republican, but especially George W. Bush.
While I was not the greatest of  fans of Bush, mostly because in his last years he was the Fiscal Socialist that the Democrats were and that was just wrong and helped cause this mess in the first place.
But Liberals are all about “civility” when it’s about them, but when it’s not, they are the most uncivil of political animals.
You’re supposed to cut them a break, it’s not big deal, when it’s them.
But when it’s not, it’s the End of Civilization as they want it so they come at you like a mob of self-important raptors to tear you to pieces and civility is the very last thing they will give you.
Paul McCartney should take this “sad song and make it better” by heeding the opening lyrics of his song “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” (“We’re so sorry, Uncle Albert. We’re so sorry if we caused you any pain”) and issue a public apology to President Bush and the American people.
But you know he won’t and the Left will be left snickering like kids on a playground, “Did you you hear what Paul said…” heehehehehehehehehehehehe… 😦

The Hit-And-Run Moralists

Yesterday, I was at the Phoenix Convention Center with thousand of other geeks and nerds having a good time celebrating what we all love, and even if we don’t know anything about it (Anime and Cosplay) we could all just have a good time in the company of others.

A few miles away were the hit-and-run “moralists” who want to preach about how much they hate us.

And how much we are bad people.

Well, I’m glad I was in a place where actually love and passion were celebrated instead of where passions dark side was on full display.

Well, when it was time to leave and all the little busy bodies, safe in their sanctimony had left, I got back to my car that was parked on the street.

And lo and Behold, the little “moralists” had spammed my car with their double-sided pontifications of superior “morality”.

It’s two pages of  bile, so I understand if at some point you bail out. But if you read the whole thing you will get a better sense of the nonsense that is faced by the rational people of this country.

Their text has not been altered in anyway. The snarky commentary is mine.

Titled: “Why is 1070B racist & who is promoting this as positive”

Nice Title. Very calm, rational, and willing to listen to all sides. 😦

Line#1, Sentence #1: “Because it is fueled by hate and a desire to hurt people.”

Does any rational person need to even read anymore? I mean really? 😦

“This bill has huge support of hate groups and hate group membership has grown as a result of this movement”.

That would be the 70% of Arizonans and the 60% of Americans who support SB1070, right? 🙂

So you’re all Racists! You all Haters! You’re all meeting in secret rooms to plot the pain, torture and destruction of Hispanics!

So you better clean that bed sheet!

“By the way, these hate groups are arming themselves with dangerous weapons.”

They would be the ones from the Mexican gangs, drug lords and cartels now would they?

And to finish out just the first paragraph of this little ditty, an overt threat, “I thing {sic} they failed to realize is that hispanics have a right to arm themselves, as well”

Probably with the same guns from the mexican gangs. 😦

It get’s better, “This is about white republican Christians & Catholics preaching love and hope but practicing hate and fear”

The “arm ourselves” was not fear, mind you. When a liberal threatens you they do it with love and understanding, near fear and intimidation.

“Just Like the KKK and the Aryan Brotherhood”. Even Hitler and Saddam thought they were doing GOD’s will. They talk more about hell than heaven and prey on people’s fears”.

And these “moralists” of course are NOT playing on fear at all. Intimidation, no way.

Now comes an amusing point where the writer of this screed complains about stereotyping, but continues stereotyping themselves.

“The republican party has adopted this strategy of picking the worse {sic} hispanics and using it to label the entire hispanic community. Kind of  like picking a meth dealing user from a trailer park and then announcing that all whites are trailer park meth-dealing users as a whole.

“The true motive is to keep hispanics from voting because most hispanics vote democratic and the number of hispanics is growing. They want you to think they’re afraid of the illegals but in reality they are afraid of the legal hispanics who can vote.”

That would be why the Democrats, and many Republicans, want to pander to you. But it’s not the reason.

Oh, and Liberals NEVER EVER USE FEAR TACTICS!! 🙂

“These are the people who will lie, cheat and rob and will accuse you of lying, cheating and stealing in order to divert attention from themselves.”

Orwell would be proud of this “moralist”.

Since the chance is extremely likely that they never read the Law and never intend to because it would ruin their “moral” sanctimony I’d call their preaching a lie, wouldn’t you?

“How can you trust that law enforcement will ethically and morally use this new law properly when Arapaio is already abusing people’s rights without this law.”

The assumption is that all cops are out to get you. And if they stop you it’s not because you were violating the law, it’s because you’re hispanic. That’s it. Nothing more.

This kind of attitude led me to sarcastically proclaim on a message board some months ago that the solution to all of this “racial tension” was to pass a law saying that Hispanics cannot be prosecuted for any reason for anything. Period.

No matter what they do: Rape, Murder, drug dealing, jaywalking –it doesn’t matter.

That way, it can’t be racist and they can do whatever they want, whenever they want, because they want.

Utopia Awaits!  <<birds singing>>

Now back to reality.

“They did this to blacks, to the native americans, and now hispanics. This is the same group want to revert to old times == {sic} slavery and removal of women’s rights.”

But President Obama taking over industry after industry and taking over our lives bit by bit is ok. 🙂

At least he’s not a racist white christian republican!! 😦

“They think they can only stay up by keep others down”

Remember, Liberals NEVER EVER USE FEAR TACTICS!! 🙂

Next will be blacks and native americans == {sic}… What? Again!! 🙂

“…the illegal alien argument is a cover for their hatred and bigotry.”

The writer’s obvious hatred and bigotry notwithstanding… 🙂

“Yes, they hate blacks even more. AZ was the last state to adopt the MLK holiday.”

Thanks to a DEMOCRAT Governor, the late Evan Mecham, who was later impeached for improper use of state money.

“Unpick a Niny” was a popular cry back then because this was a DEMOCRAT governor who referred to blacks as “picaninnys” and was generally a total embarrassment.

And the main man behind the Recall, a Gay man. 🙂

Bet the unnamed writer of this waste of a tree either didn’t know this or didn’t care. Or Both.

If they are locals they were probably the “mechamites” of the day.

“Hispanics and blacks need to register on time so that Jan Brewer & Russell Pearce don’t have an excuse to have them chasing ppwk {sic} in order to prevent them from voting or delaying their vote until after the elections are over. Don’t give in and let them violate your legal right to vote <<website url deleted>>”

Gee, may it’s ACORN that wrote this, they are the experts in fraud after all.

But is when the real hate-fest begins!! 🙂

“Isn’t Russel Pearce the one who associates with JT ready the neo-nazi supporter.”

HUH??

But it’s nice to see it took nearly 3/4 of a page to get to that “N” word. 🙂

“Russell Pearce used to e-mail his friends Nazi National Alliance Material. Russell Pearce also appreciated “operation Wetback”. Russell Pearce is a racist who has used his position to put fear in republicans and az {sic} to pass his hatred through political manuevering: <website url deleted>

But since it was a New Times blogger address it gives you a clue to the identity and the way out there nature of this writer. If you’re an insane leftist and make Hugo Chavez look like a mormon, The Phoenix New Times is for you!

Can’t you just feel the love!

Remember, Liberals NEVER EVER USE FEAR TACTICS!! 🙂

“How about Russell’s buddy Rusty Childress, Mr Kobach & does Mr. Pullen ring a bell? Mr Kobach (works for FAIR, a national hate group who believe blacks are “a retrograde species of humanity”)…

FYI: Rusty Childress is an Illegal Alien activist. Randy Pullen is the head of the AZ Republican Party.

Ah, more of that Liberal love, tolerance, and understanding!

Remember, Liberals NEVER EVER USE FEAR TACTICS!! 🙂

Do a google search for that phrase and the first thing that pops up is an “article” on Media Matters website. This would be the website run by the far-left to smear anyone and anything they dislike. They rest of the first page are also left-wing bloggers.

You’ll find the quote in this reference: “As Media Matters has noted, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the CCC “has described blacks as ‘a retrograde species of humanity,’ compared singer Michael Jackson to an ape, and promoted neo-Nazi and Holocaust denial materials.” (2006)

So where is FAIR in this? (FAIR = Federation of American Immigration Reform)

It’s not, it’s just tarring that white trailer park meth dealer… 🙂

…helped draft SB1070, mentors Joe Arapaio and is leading the training of MCSO illegal alien identification program.

FYI: MCSO,  Maricopa County Sherriff’s Office.

It’s a Conspiracy of  HATE! AND FEAR! 🙂

Remember, Liberals NEVER EVER USE FEAR TACTICS!! 🙂 And they don’t hate you because you’re different, they hate you because you’re not in lock-step with whatever they say. Period.

“The approval rating of this bill is high but why? The polls are, typically, wrong because mostly older conservatives who are bored have the time to complete these surveys.”

Now you’re a bored white trailer park meth dealer… 🙂

“Older conservatives who no one calls gladly complete the survey- they will talk to anyone who calls them”

Ah, Liberal contempt. It warms their hearts and their ‘superior morality’.

“Most working America {sic} is too busy to complete the survey.”

Yeah, because the Democrats keep wanting to “redistribute” my wealth that doesn’t exist but since I’m a white trailer park meth dealer I must be punished for my sins against even poorer people.

“This in actuality affects others thinking ‘I guess my voice does not count so I will side with them’ Your voice does count.”

Isn’t that what THIS writer wants to begin with?

Only, it’s ok for them, but not for us.

“There are lots of older people who live here and they will always vote republican and support the sherriff because they are living in fear and that’s what the republican party wants them to think. OMG {sic},the republican party, alone, can keep them safe.”

Remember, Liberals NEVER EVER USE FEAR TACTICS!! 🙂

“These are the same people who will never accept a black president”

Well, it took an entire page to get to this leftist talking point. 🙂

“They would rather have a terrible republican president (BUSH) than a good black president (OBAMA)”

How about a good president, period? 🙂

Nah…let’s continue with the race card.

“I’ve heard them say that the constitution should have included that “no niggers” can occupy the position of president”

Heresay from that white trailer park meth dealer no doubt!!

“It’s not about the birth certificate it is about hate and bigotry”

Lefist talk point #107: “Birthers”.

And what does any other this malarky have to do with Illegal Immigration, if I may ask from my porch of the trailer with loaded shotgun ready to get me a wetback or two??  😦  (that last bit was sarcasm for those who are liberally impaired)

“These are the same people who oppose interracial marriage but never admit it in public. They’ve been heard telling other whites to make sure they marry other whites only (in professional office environments)”

That would be the white trailer park meth dealers around the water cooler plotting the destruction of all non-whites, right?

Remember, Liberals NEVER EVER USE FEAR TACTICS!! 🙂

“They have gotten a lot of support because they’ve allowed extreme gun rights and are leading people to believe that they will legalize marijuana”

HUH? We are so far off course that even Amelia Earhardt would get lost on this one.

“This has created more support from young, independent and some democrat voters (child molester the lollipop scenario).”

So now the white trailer park meth dealer is handing out lollipop and marijuana to entice you into a world sin! 🙂

“This is a cover to get them to support their racist agenda. When is it right to hate hispanics and accept marijuana == {sic} it is a political blindfolding. Supports {sic} us on this and we’ll let you arm yourself and smoke pot (it doesn’t have to be said, that is how it appears from the outside looking in)”

Anyone dying for hit after trying to get your head around that babble? 🙂

“They call abortions murder but they don’t hesitate to destroy and separate  families to advance their political careers. They do this to make you think they are of high ethics and morals. Yet they will sell out to lobby representatives like whores for hire”

The Nebraska Kickback anyone? The  Louisiana Purchase?

“They are against gays and for family but most have been unfaithful to their spouses just not gotten caught (Or bet up their wife- Russell?). They push you against gays to make you think their ethics and morals are above yours.”

And this diatribe by you (the writer) is designed to do what exactly? Prove that you’re superior to the white trailer park meth pot lollipop dealer? 🙂

FYI: The charges of Russell Pearce beating his wife came from…<<drumroll>> a Phoenix New Times Blogger!

AZ Republic: 7/23/2008

The document is 28-years-old, but it raises a lot of questions about Republican Russell Pearce.

In a public document dated 1980 the state representative’s wife Luanne wants a divorce and goes on to claim Russell often beats her and shoves her. One incident in February details a clash at their former Mesa home where Luanne says Russell grabbed her by the throat and threw her down.

The sometimes controversial New Times weekly broke the story. They even posted the public document on their website. Since it is an election year we spoke to democrats who deny they had anything to do with the release of the document. Pearce’s republican opponent Kevin Gibbons did not answer calls.

Alinsky would be proud of you my son. Only, the mud didn’t stick. They are still happily married, by the way.

Two paragraphs to go. As Dr. Smith on “Lost in Space” would say, “oh the the pain…”

“So republicans complain about anchor babies and the costs. How about GE, how much money did they make and much in taxes did they pay (made lots of money and paid $0 in Us Taxes). Oh don’t go there because we get good lobby money from GE…”

So now we have the classic Liberal Class Warfare divide-and-conquer, Anti-corporate talking point!

At least point trying to point out errors in logic is like trying to count the stars in the sky one by one!

…republicans complain of the low paying jobs that americans are not willing to do at the wages the employers off.

Those greedy capitalist pigs!

Gee, I thought that was the democrats. And with 9.9% unemployment to boot!

“What about all the middle class jobs that the Bush administration outsourced to India and the Philipines {sic}. republicans complain about pennies while letting freinds steal millions from AMERICA in taxes and jobs.”

And when you point out that Bill Clinton signed NAFTA they will immediately switch to Bush Sr and CAFTA. I know I’ve tried.

Bush Derangement Syndrome is alive and spreading it’s “love”.

“lets compare apples to apples.”

This ought to get hilarious!

“Is it necessary fro white husbands to start disappearing, their wife’s not come home for white families to understand the separation & Destruction of families? Yes, this is race thing. Look at the protest and not a the ploys of justification”

Like this mess of a letter for instance. 🙂

“By enraging Hispanics, Mexicans, and Central Americans they are making them more susceptible to participate with America’s enemies.”

Seems the person inciting people here is you buddy. 🙂

But now, SB1070 is going to lead to home  grown radical hispanic terrorists! Beware! 😦

Remember, Liberals NEVER EVER USE FEAR TACTICS!! 🙂

“Cuba, Venezuela and Al-Qaida countries will entice hispanics to join a venture that racism in America forced them into. Look at it from the outside looking in.”

Ok, well, let’s see, the great vast majority of terrorist attacks in this country (and around the world) are Islamic radicals.

But this administration can’t even utter that. So instead the next wave of terrorists will be Hispanics who convert Islam and become radicalized because of SB1070.

My head hurts.

“Hispanics are aware that in order to win a big war, the big war must be fought. Hispanics have a legal right to arm themselves just like they are a legal right to vote. The whole world is watching but most importantly GOD is, also…

<in boldface larger print>

“Jeremiah 9:24

but let him who boasts about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice, and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight” declares the Lord.

Lord have mercy I feel the light of truth coming my way after reading this!

No, sorry, that’s just a bullet train! 🙂

Jermiah 9:23

23Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:  24: but let him who boasts about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice, and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight” declares the Lord.

Just a little context for you. 🙂

And remember, early in this letter the write said of the supporters of SB 1070: “Just Like the KKK and the Aryan Brotherhood”. Even Hitler and Saddam thought they were doing GOD’s will. They talk more about hell than heaven and prey on people’s fears”.

And yet, the writer pulls out the God Card themselves.

Hmmmm….

And from one of the protesters:

Mireya Chavez Cerna, 43, an illegal immigrant who works as a maid, marched with her 9-year-old son, who was born in the United States and wore a shirt reading “Made in America.”

She denounced the climate of fear in the state and said immigrants like her could not abide the wait of a decade or more for a legal visa while their families grow hungry.

“Do you think we would risk losing our lives crossing the border if we didn’t have a need to come here for a better life?” she said. Supporters of the law “don’t know,” she added. “They don’t understand. They don’t live in Mexico. They don’t know how it is.”

So why don’t you stand up against that oppression?

Oh, right, they’ll just imprison you or kill you. Silly Me. 🙂

“The point was to be here for this march to show support for these folks, then we’re out,” said Jose Vargas, a union representative for New York City teachers. “We’re not spending a dime here.” (AP)

They reported rented a warehouse and had cots to sleep on because they didn’t want to spend any money in the racist hotels!

So who’s warehouse was it? 🙂

Hit and Run  Moralism at it’s finest!

How to Be Evil Rich in a Recession

Become a Federal bureaucratic cog.

And with 111 new agencies for Health Care alone there will be plenty of opportunities to join the machine.

No wonder the money druggie Congress can’t stop spending.

It’s a pandemic virus out of control. Only the doctors are the patients.

The New Swine Flu. Only, the politicians are the  pork-fed Swine.

USAToday:  The number of federal workers earning six-figure salaries has exploded during the recession, according to a USA TODAY analysis of federal salary data.

Federal employees making salaries of $100,000 or more jumped from 14% to 19% of civil servants during the recession’s first 18 months — and that’s before overtime pay and bonuses are counted.

Federal workers are enjoying an extraordinary boom time — in pay and hiring — during a recession that has cost 7.3 million jobs in the private sector.

The private sector= Evil rich corporations raping America. Fat-cat CEO’s who get massive bonuses. 🙂

The highest-paid federal employees are doing best of all on salary increases. Defense Department civilian employees earning $150,000 or more increased from 1,868 in December 2007 to 10,100 in June 2009, the most recent figure available.

When the recession started, the Transportation Department had only one person earning a salary of $170,000 or more. Eighteen months later, 1,690 employees had salaries above $170,000.

The trend to six-figure salaries is occurring throughout the federal government, in agencies big and small, high-tech and low-tech. The primary cause: substantial pay raises and new salary rules.

“There’s no way to justify this to the American people. It’s ridiculous,” says Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, a first-term lawmaker who is on the House’s federal workforce subcommittee.

Oh, but they’ll try.

And the have FEHBP, the diamond platinum best-in-the history-of-mankind Health Care plan that they don’t want to share with you. No, you get ObamaCare filled with massive taxes, rationing, and cuts to seniors care.

Isn’t that special!

USA TODAY analyzed the Office of Personnel Management’s database that tracks salaries of more than 2 million federal workers. Excluded from OPM’s data: the White House, Congress, the Postal Service, intelligence agencies and uniformed military personnel.

The growth in six-figure salaries has pushed the average federal worker’s pay to $71,206, compared with $40,331 in the private sector.

•Pay hikes. Then-president Bush recommended — and Congress approved — across-the-board raises of 3% in January 2008 and 3.9% in January 2009. President Obama has recommended 2% pay raises in January 2010, the smallest since 1975. Most federal workers also get longevity pay hikes — called steps — that average 1.5% per year.

New pay system. Congress created a new National Security Personnel System for the Defense Department to reward merit, in addition to the across-the-board increases. The merit raises, which started in January 2008, were larger than expected and rewarded high-ranking employees. In October, Congress voted to end the new pay scale by 2012.

•Pay caps eased. Many top civil servants are prohibited from making more than an agency’s leader. But if Congress lifts the boss’ salary, others get raises, too. When the Federal Aviation Administration chief’s salary rose, nearly 1,700 employees’ had their salaries lifted above $170,000, too.

But they want a “pay Czar” to reign in runaway CEO’s. But runaway federal agency members and administrators?

The Sky’s the limit.

NRO: Most remarkably, there are fully 383,000 federal workers earning six-figure salaries and 22,000 earning salaries of over $170,000. And these numbers don’t even include the $41,000 in non-salary benefits the average federal employee receives each year.

The number of civil servants making $100,000 or more has jumped over 46 percent since the start of the recession.

Under Bush & Obama I might add, before the liberals get all Bush Deranged.

The Washington metropolitan area received nearly 10 times as much stimulus money per capita as the national average, keeping the unemployment rate in the area at 6.2 percent, far below rates of other large cities—9.3 percent in New York; over 10 percent in Chicago, Atlanta and Los Angeles—and the national average of 10.2 percent. 14.3 in Michigan.

Did you know that more than 50% of the richest counties in America surround Washington D.C?? and only 4 out the top 15 are in the evil capital Wall-street area of New York City??

And the 4 out of the 5 top richest Congressman are Democrats.

Recovery Act funding alone has fed the creation of 407,000 government contract jobs—or two thirds of all jobs “created” under the Act—according to one independent analysis. And during a time when most businesses are downsizing, the federal government itself actually grew by 13,000 employees in the last year—the first increase since the 1970s.

So do you think Obama’s “Jobs” summit and  “jobs” campaign tour is about getting more Federal jobs?

After all, the private sector is full of evil capitalists. 🙂

IDB: Among the countless absurdities built into the federal salary system is the mandate that when the head of an agency gets a raise, lots of his underlings automatically do too. That’s what happens when it’s play money you’re handling, which is what Washington thinks the revenues provided by the people who give politicians their jobs is.

No wonder Liberal love government so much, they can pork themselves and they can pretend to care about their “dependents” (you and me) while screwing the “dependents” for their own benefit.

It’s all free. No consequences. And Endless.

Utopia Awaits!

What a deal.

Courtesy of National Review Online

Democratic Underground (one the most far left sites out there) poster:  I don’t find the comparison with what a non-corrupt people’s government would produce and what corrupt corporations produce to be meaningful.
A people’s government should produce health for the nation — unfortunately, right now it’s producing disease.
Oh, corporations are part of the sickness of America — and a large part of producing the harm causing our sickness.

I think this person, and Congress, have forgotten what a representative Constitutional Republic is.

Alternet (another liberal site):  When we speak of the ungodly amounts of money that Wall Street scions make, it’s generally accepted that most don’t need to be making nearly as much as they are for two main reasons. One, it’s plainly wasteful; and two, the financial collapse is a pretty good indication of how inversely proportional those enormous bankers’ salaries are to the societal benefit they create.

The first part of that argument can and ought be extended to the public sector, where salaries are paid for by the same financially burdened taxpayers who have made clear they don’t want bailed-out banks to give executives big raises and bonuses. The federal government could use a pay czar, too.

Perhaps the money saved by instituting more recession-sensitive salary levels for federal employees could be redistributed to the states, where many public employees are being laid off, key social programs and offices whittled away, and offerings cut by public school systems in order to make ends meet.

Bonuses and raises are fine incentives for excellent work, but these days, simply having work — especially the kind of good, stable, living wage-level work that federal employment guarantees — ought be incentive enough.

But since government produces nothing and is not accountable to profit and loss why should they care. 🙂

Since June, (so no Bush Derangement here) the federal government has increased employment by almost 10 percent, while the private sector has cut employment by over 6 percent. And which sector do you figure was more padded to begin with?

Sen. Max Baucus’ office defends his girlfriend’s big pay raise (the job he got her at the Justice Dept-a pay raise of close to $14,000 to staffer Melodee Hanes last year, as he was becoming sexually involved with her. Baucus was separated from his now ex-wife at the time) by pointing to the raises others living off the taxpayer spigot got. What sympathy for the 10% of Americans suffering unemployment.

As the Politico reports, a few months later Baucus took Hanes “on a taxpayer-funded trip to Vietnam and the Middle East, though foreign policy was not her specialty.” In Washington, they call that on-the-job training — except that Baucus then nominated her for U.S. attorney in Montana (where he’s the Senator from), where Asian and Arab expertise is rarely useful in court.

Don’t they call that a Pimp and his ho?

Not in D.C.

A Baucus spokesman’s excuse: “Ms. Hanes’ salary increased by the exact same amount as our legislative director and less than our chief of staff.” Does the senator really think that makes the 7 million ordinary Joes without work feel better?

IBD: If you didn’t think the Democrats in power in Washington are doing enough to spark a people’s rebellion, just look at their latest shenanigans.

Congress is raising the federal debt ceiling by as much as $1.8 trillion in hopes that next October, when Republicans will be pounding them on this, voters won’t remember what they were up to way back in December of 2009.

But that astronomical amount is twice what was baked into their budget resolution earlier this year. When asked about so much red ink, House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey, D-Wis., just shrugged and told the Politico: “The credit card has already been used. When you get the bill in the mail you need to pay it.”

For most normal people that’s when you STOP USING IT!!!

You get counseling.

Do something other than ignore it.

But the federal credit card is has no limit.

And we have porkaholics with their hands on it.

But just remember, they care about the little people in the private sector.

You’re the source of their drug.

The current debt ceiling of $12.1 trillion is now not enough for Congress to live under — though only a fraction of the $787 billion stimulus passed earlier this year has been spent. And a $447 billion bill for Cabinet and other agencies is set for enactment, increasing spending by as much as 10%.

But, remember, these are the people who screamed and yelled and ranted until they turned blue in the face about how immoral and unethical it was for the Republican to be running up so much debt and that Bush was evil 🙂

Well, now that they have they’ve bathed in that pie I guess it’s not so bad after all. 🙂

They kind of like it here.

Mayo Clinic Defintion of Drug Addiction: When you’re addicted, you may not be able to control your drug use and you may continue using the drug despite the harm it causes. Drug addiction can cause an intense craving for the drug. You may want to quit, but most people find they can’t do it on their own.

As time passes, you may need larger doses of the drug to get high. Soon you may need the drug just to feel good. As your drug use increases, you may find that it becomes increasingly difficult to go without the drug. Stopping may cause intense cravings and make you feel physically ill (withdrawal symptoms).

Drug addiction symptoms or behaviors include:

  • Feeling that you have to use the drug regularly — this can be daily or even several times a day
  • Failing in your attempts to stop using the drug
  • Making certain that you maintain a supply of the drug
  • Spending money on the drug even though you can’t afford it
  • Doing things to obtain the drug that you normally wouldn’t do, such as stealing
  • Feeling that you need the drug to deal with your problems
  • Focusing more and more time and energy on getting and using the drug

And Washington’s drug is the Money that begets power.

Power is the ultimate goal, but you need the money to get there.

And you, the taxpayer are the source.

They are the junkie.

And they thousands of minions in the cog of the bureaucracy that they have so satisfy also.

After, it’s a no-limit credit card.

$12,100,000,000,000 is just a number.

adding 1.8-1.9 trillion to it : $14,000,000,000,000

It doesn’t mean anything.

It’s all monopoly money to them.

And it sure doesn’t mean putting the Federal gravy train on a diet!