Archive for July 11, 2011

Quite a name … maybe you’ve seen it around. That’s David Plouffe, senior policy advisor to The Community Organizer and the man who helped Bill Ayers write “Dreams from My Father.” Plouffe is catching heat for saying that Obama’s base is not going to be all that upset over the unemployment numbers and it won’t affect the way they vote. I stand before you this day to defend David Plouffe. After all, if you’re really talking about Obama’s base you’re talking about people who are far more concerned about the money they are going to receive from the government in the form of entitlements than they are about the money they are going to get in an actual paycheck. Plouffe has a point.

Well … talk about starting out your Monday with some good news. Our wonderful tax cheat Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has a bit of a warning for Americans … it’s about our economy, and it isn’t something you want to hear. Talking about the economy on “Meet the Press” yesterday Geithner said that it will be some time before many people feel like the country is recovering. “It’s going to feel very hard; harder than anything they’ve experienced in their lifetime now, for a long time to come.”

Well isn’t that just dandy! Thanks for sharing Timmy!

Geithner also had at his fingertips all of the reasons why we just can’t seem to get an economic recovery going here. Well, there’s gas prices, of course – and then there’s all that nasty weather we been experiencing. Pretty much the same nonsense Obama has been spouting.

Can we play a simple game of connect-the-dots here? Really … I promise not to tax your minds too heavily this early on a Monday. Here come the dots:

* For the economy to improve we need jobs. We need more people working, producing wealth and paying taxes.
* Over 50% of all private sector jobs are with small businesses.
* Over 80% of all new jobs are created by small businesses.
* Small businesses report their income on someone’s personal income tax return.
* A successful small business will report income of over $250,000 a year.
* Obama wants to raise taxes on all people reporting over $250,000 in income.
* Final dot: Obama is insisting on raising taxes on the very people we are depending on to create jobs and lead us to economic growth.

Now if you connect those dots you will see that they point straight down … and that’s not the way we want our economy to go.

Here’s a little factoid about our unemployment levels. The recession began 38 months ago. In all previous recessions since WWII employment has risen by an average of 3.7% over that 38-month period; that’s 3.7% above the employment level at the beginning of the recession. Under Obama employment is now 5% below what it was at the start of the recession. That’s a swing of almost 9%. But remember — it’s all Bush’s fault, and if it’s not Bush’s fault it’s because of the weather and gas prices. And of course Obama’s moves to pretty much halt all exploration and expanded production on domestic oil sources hasn’t had a thing to do with gas prices.

But wait a minute! Leading Democrats seem to have a different point of view. In the month of June, our economy added just 18,000 jobs. This is the same month (June 2011) when Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said: ““We own the economy. We own the beginning of the turnaround and we want to make sure that we continue that pace of recovery …” If Obama owns this supposed economic turnaround, does that mean he also owns this economic slump? Just to keep up with population growth, our economy needs to be adding 125,000 jobs per month. If he wants to bring down the unemployment rate, we have to add twice that many jobs – 500,000. In June, Obama’s economy added just 18,000. As Newt Gingrich said on Sunday’s “Fox & Friends,” this is the Obama depression.

Even the most politically obtuse Americans have to be figuring this thing out by now.

Most men will spend their lives dreaming about going on a date with Mila Kunis – but for one U.S. Marine, that fantasy may very well turn into a reality.

Sgt. Scott Moore, of the 3rd Battalion 2nd Marines in Musa Qala, Afghanistan, last week set up a YouTube page and posted a video asking the “Friends With Benefits” star to accompany him to the Marine Corps Ball on November 18th in Greenville, North Carolina.

“Hi Mila, I just want to take a moment out of my day to invite you to the Marine Corps. Ball with yours truly,” the uniformed sergeant said from his digs in Afghanistan. “So take a second to think about it and get back to me. All right, bye now.”

And when FOX411 asked Kunis about the invitation over the weekend, her “Benefits” co-star, Justin Timberlake, assured Moore he was going to make it happen.

“Have you seen this? Have you heard about this? You need to do it for your country,” Timberlake asked Kunis excitedly, before sending out a direct message to Moore. “I’m going to work on this, man. This needs to go down.”

After questioning her publicist if she knew about the invitation, the clearly flattered 27-year-old actress agreed.

Read more here.

We’ve gathered some additional statistics to share with you on the idea of balancing our budget with tax increases. Do you remember that Obama budget proposal a few months back? If not, let me remind you. It contained tax increases and – believe it or not – spending increases! The Senate shot it down 97-0. Still .. tax increases remain the Democrat solution to our debt woes. The plan the Democrats proposed last week called for increasing income taxes on individuals earning more than $500,000 and families earning more than $1 million (Obama wants the new taxes to kick in at $250,000). Do you know how much of a tax increase these filthy millionaires would have to pay just to balance our budget? Each of those households, about 200,000 of them, would have to see an average tax hike — not an average tax bill, but tax increase — of $6 million.

What are other ways the Democrats think they can solve our debt woes? By closing tax loopholes for the filthy rich. In Obama’s latest radio address over the weekend, he again used this line again about “spending in the tax code.” He said, “And it means taking on spending in the tax code — spending on tax breaks and deductions for the wealthiest Americans.” Too bad this won’t make a dent. Want to know the extent to which we would have to go through to reduce our debt on the back of these corporate jet owners and oil subsidies? Charles Krauthammer has done the math:

I did the math. If you collect that tax for the next 5,000 years — that is not a typo — it would equal the new debt Obama racked up last year alone. To put it another way, if we had levied this tax at the time of John the Baptist and collected it every year since — first in shekels, then in dollars — we would have 500 years to go before we could offset half of the debt added by Obama last year alone.

Obama’s other favorite debt-reduction refrain is canceling an oil-company tax break. Well, if you collect that oil tax and the corporate jet tax for the next 50 years — you will not yet have offset Obama’s deficit spending for February 2011.

So we have spending at these record levels, with Democrats complaining that the evil rich need to pay their fair share. Meanwhile, businesses aren’t hiring and we are seeing an increase in the moocher class. I’ve told you for a while now that we have 1.9 million fewer Americans working now than we did when Barack Obama signed his grand stimulus plan into effect. That number has since been revised to reflect job figures from June 2011. There are now 2.4 fewer Americans working in June 2011 compared to when Barack Obama signed his stimulus plan in February 2009. Meanwhile, according to the latest figures from the Committee on Joint Taxation, 51% of Americans pay nothing in income taxes while 30% of American households actually make money off of the system .. in the form of refundable tax credits.

As Marco Rubio said last week, “Let’s stop talking about new taxes and start talking about new taxpayers, which means jobs.” Agreed. Instead of focusing on tax increases for the rich and closing loopholes, let’s get Americans working again. But that is hard to do in an Obama economy with outrageous spending, regulations and uncertainty. The problem is that Barack Obama doesn’t know how to do that. Again, in Obama’s weekly radio address over the weekend, do you want to know the “job-creating measures” that he highlighted as a way to help get our fiscal house back in order? Obama actually said:

By getting our fiscal house in order, Congress will be in a stronger position to focus on some of the job-creating measures I’ve already proposed — like putting people to work rebuilding America’s infrastructure, or reforming our patent system so that our innovators and entrepreneurs have a greater incentive to generate new products, or making college more affordable for families.

That’s Obama’s job plan: More government spending, reforming our patent system and making college more affordable.

Just one question: How many small businessmen do you know that are in the starting blocks, ready to rip and start producing and hiring, just as soon as we reform our patent system.

Is this guy really that economically ignorant.

Yes — he is.

The California state legislature has passed a book-banning law. Nobody is calling the book ban a book ban because the books the book ban bans offend homosexuals.

If the legislature had extended legislative protection to the hurt feelings of, say, Mormons or evangelical Christians, then everyone would have agreed that it’s a book ban. But it doesn’t, so don’t call the book ban a book ban. You just might get banned, too.

The legislation, awaiting the signature of Governor Jerry Brown, decrees that localities in America’s most populous state “shall not adopt any textbooks or other instructional materials for use in the public schools that contain any matter reflecting adversely upon persons on the basis of…sexual orientation.” The legislation further enjoins school boards to adopt materials that discuss the “role and contributions” of “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.”

And what do “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans” believe their “role and contributions” to be?

Playwright Larry Kramer claims that Abraham Lincoln was “a totally gay man.” As he once rationalized to Salon.com, “So much of the history that is shoveled into the world is bullshit—we really have to invent our own.” Clarence Tripp, whose sexual exploits were constrained neither by taboos about the same sex nor by taboos against different species, came to a similar conclusion about the 16th president in a Simon & Schuster-published book. Paul Russell listed Socrates, St. Augustine, and William Shakespeare as part of his “Gay 100.”

It’s apparently “in” to come out—even several millennia after the fact. But being gay presumably has something to do with liking other gays, not with gays liking you. What evidence is there for the homosexuality of Socrates, St. Augustine, or Lincoln that is half as compelling as the evidence for the homosexuality of everyone who labels them gay?

Read more here.

We’ve mentioned a lot of times on this one of the reasons small businesses aren’t hiring and are growing is because of the wonderful new regulations that Barack Obama is throwing their way. The Small Business Administration recently released a report which said that the total regulatory costs in our economy amount to about $1.75 trillion a year. This means that the costs due to regulation are twice as high as all of the individual income taxes collected every year by our federal government.

I just wanted to share with you an example of absurd, insipid, asinine and altogether idiotic government regulation. This is an example of how totally inflexible and outrageous government can be.

Near my home there’s a part of the Everglades called the Big Cypress Natural Preserve. Even though this is part of the Everglades it is called a natural preserve because there are still individuals who have property rights in the area. Throughout Big Cypress you will find small privately owned hunting cabins. To call these things cabins is a stretch. They really consist of a plywood floor, plywood walls, a plywood roof all sitting on some pilings. These so-called cabins belong to hunters who use them for shelter during their weeklong hunting trips into the preserve. Sometimes, depending on the water level, it takes these people as long as five hours in a swamp buggy to get to their cabin. Not my idea of fun … but whatever floats their boats.

As luck would have it there were some rather nasty and widespread fires in the preserve during the spring and early summer. Many of these cabins were destroyed. The people who own them now want to rebuild them, but the government has other ideas. Now, it seems, if you want to rebuild these cabins you have to do so according to code. The old cabins were grandfathered, so the building codes didn’t matter. But this would be new construction, so all of the applicable building codes would apply. This means that these cabins, that used to consist of nothing but plywood and pilings, will have to have a septic system, a working toilet, a sink with running water, and various other options and luxuries that a hunter could not possibly care less about in the middle of a swamp. The bottom line is that these cabins simply will not be rebuilt.

Now I know this is a pretty small scale when it comes to commerce and jobs, but this also means that there is plywood, fasteners, and various building hardware and materials that will not be sold. If these materials are not sold, they will not have to be produced. And if these materials are not produced, then there is no need to hire people to produce them, to market them, to transport them, or to sell them.

Now as I said, this is on a small scale. But this happens thousands of times a day, every single day across this country. Barely a moment goes by that some small businessman or individual doesn’t make a decision to forgo a building project, a home-improvement idea, or some other business activity simply because they have run into a government regulation and some government regulators that have made the task simply not worthwhile.

Let me ask you, are you dead sure that there is not a cockroach anywhere in your kitchen today. Yeah, I know, you do everything you can to keep those land-based mini-lobsters out of your home, but there’s really no way you can do that. So on the topic of cockroaches I have another little story for you from Southwest Florida. This one concerns a restaurant inspector in the city of Naples. Now I don’t have a problem with restaurant inspections. I got e-coli about two years ago from a bad taco salad. It’s a great weight loss program, but I really wouldn’t recommend it; especially the night before you’re supposed to fly off to join your family and some friends in Las Vegas for New Year’s Eve.

But back to this Naples restaurant inspector: It seemed that if this lady inspector walked into a restaurant and saw a cockroach she would even immediately, on the spot, shut the restaurant down. The kitchen would be closed, the customers told to leave, and the restaurant would be out of business until a subsequent inspection turned up no cockroaches. There again, revenue lost, wages lost, businesses adversely affected by over-zealous government workers — most of whom couldn’t get a job in the private sector no matter how hard they tried.

The point here is that we have gone completely overboard in the area of regulation. If the present level of regulation and with this 50 years ago life in America would not be anything like it is today. My friend Bernie Marcus, one of the founders of Home Depot, has told me many times that the Home Depot miracle simply could not be reproduced today. This is a man who, along with Arthur Blank, created a retail empire that produced almost 4000 millionaires among its investors and employees. That was then, this is now. Now Bernie and Arthur would not be able to reproduce what they have done. Two reasons: government regulations and trial lawyers.

Whenever small business owners are questioned about their failure to expand and hire new people government regulations always get part of the blame. More specifically, the new regulations that are being brought to us by ObamaCare, and the thousands of new regulations that will come with Obama’s consumer finance reform law, are cited as principal culprits. Heritage foundation calculations based on numbers from the US Office of Management and Budget shown that the year 2010 was an all-time champion when it came to the cost of major new government regulations. The total? $26.5 billion.

Scattered about in all of those fancy looking buildings in Washington DC we have tens of thousands of nameless, faceless bureaucrats sitting in cubicles who spend their days writing regulations. These bureaucrats are handed a few pages out of a piece of legislation and are then told to create a set of rules and regulations to enforce that particular section of that particular legislation. Just two or three pages from a piece of legislation can be transformed into hundreds of regulations by just one of these bureaucrats. And for everyone of these bureaucrats in Washington there’s a counterpart at the state level who was worried about whether or not a hunting cabin is going to have a working toilet, or a restaurant inspector at the local level who is going to shut down a business enterprise at the site of one cockroach.

There are certainly a lot of reasons why our economy is not growing. The fear of additional taxes is one. A lack of desire to expand a private business during the reign of a president who has declared the free market to be the “enemy” is another. And then there’s the regulations. And this is how were supposed to grow an economy and employ people?

Herman Cain beats Mitt Romney

Posted: July 11, 2011 by AKA John Galt in 2012, Conservatives
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There was a Conservative Leadership Conference over the weekend in Nevada. Over 200 people attended the conference where they conducted a straw poll on the presidential nomination. The results are in and our own Herman Cain won the straw poll! He won 24% of the vote, beating out Mitt Romney is second place, Rick Perry in third place and Michele Bachmann in fourth. The president of the conference told The Washington Times that “the poll reflects the desire of conservative voters to find one candidate around whom they can coalesce.”

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (GYT’-nur) says many Americans will face hard times for a long time to come.

He says President Barack Obama rescued the United States from a second Great Depression and will keep working to strengthen the economy. But Geithner says will be some time before many people feel like the country is recovering.

Geithner tells NBC’s “Meet the Press” that it’s a very tough economy. He says that for a lot of people “it’s going to feel very hard, harder than anything they’ve experienced in their lifetime now, for a long time to come.”