Sunday, January 29, 2012

Done With The GOP

I  am done with the GOP.  At least for the 2012 presidential election.  I will vote third party or not at all.  They used us, the grassroots Conservatives to regain the House in 2010.  Now, they declare war on us.  I'm not playing.  I know what it means; the re-election of Obama.  I don't like that either, but to elect Gingrich or Romney is still evil.

There are enough of us to change the GOP before November, but I am afraid enough of us have been co-opted that we will vote for "Anybody But Obama".  This is how we got the current #Occupier of the White House. "Anybody but Bush".  We are headed back down that same road and I will not be part of it.

I fear the Republic is already lost.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Fundamental Flaws in Fundamental Fairness

The new drivel coming from the Left is that the rich didn't get that way all by themselves, consequently it's unfair that the rich are that?  Why, they received the benefits of other people's labor, of infrastructure provided by taxpayers, the safety of the police and fire departments, the country was defended by the tax-payer funded military.

But the rich have already paid for that "assistance".

  • They provided a good or service from which others benefitted through purchase (yes, even the Chia Pet).
  • The rich paid taxes themselves.  15% of $10 million is far more than I pay at 25% of my meager earnings.
  • Others were hired and paid to perform work and they consequently paid taxes.  I suppose if you wanted to, you could claim those taxes are actually paid by the employer, since if the income taxes did not exist, that amount could be part of the employee's salary.
  • Anyone who has been involved in a business in which new or upgraded infrastructure is required knows the business often pays a fee for that infrastructure.
  • That rich person assumed ALL the risk of the business (unless, of course you are in bed with the Administration).
  • The employer (yeah, the rich guy) funds 1/2 of his employees social security and medicare.

I  think it is safe to say the debt is paid.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

A Little Levity

OK, Ron Paul supporters.....don't take this too seriously.  It's just for fun.  Really.


Or I'll make you "Touch my Constitution".

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Walker Rally 1/21/2012

I attended the Pro-Walker rally today at Hart Park in Wauwatosa today with Deekawife 3.0 and "M".  By count, there were about 4000 Walker supporters on a cold day in Wisconsin.  Of course, the other side showed up (I suppose 50, tops).  On the way in, we engaged one from the other side, asking what was in it for me.  What do I have to gain?  In so many words the guy said to me, "You have nothing to gain and I really don't care".  I know you are surprised.

Shortly after we arrived, I realized I had not locked the car and since it was a few minutes before start, I returned, locked the car and headed back to the Rally.  As I approached, the National Anthem started.  Even though I was not in the park yet, I removed my hat and saluted in respect.  It was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.  During this time, I was struck by the difference between the two sides; the respectful display by the Walker supporters and the vuvuzelas and the obligatory chants of "Hey, Hey,  Ho, Ho..." by the other side.  The vuvuzela continued to play throughout our Rally in an attempt to distract.  Again, not surprising.

To me, the highlight of the afternoon was a young man named Jared Madden.  He was articulate, funny and well spoken.  And 16 years old.  He told us what it was like to be a conservative in a high school in America and in particular what it must be like to be the sons of the Conservative Governor of a deeply divided state.

We engaged a couple protesters at the exit and had a good, rational discussion with one of them.  He put forth some valid concerns, which we discussed and I will have to evaluate his claims.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Scott Walker Recall and Private-Sector Unions

I work supervising a union shop.  UAW to be exact.  Were it appropriate in the work setting, I would ask union leadership what they thought they would gain from the recall of Governor Walker.

As I see it, private-sector unions are cutting their own throat here.  If we go back to the days of taxes routinely raised, of State high deficits and debt, of business unfriendly environments, private-sector union jobs will be the first to go.  I assure you my employer will start to move their jobs elsewhere.  It has already been indicated that there is some work earmarked for elsewhere if we can't keep costs down.  A return to the "days of yesteryear" will ensure that I cannot.

I can't say who I work for, nor what the union local is, but I may have to take my Chief Steward out for a beer and explain it to him.  He's not a bad guy and he seems pretty reasonable.  I think.

Two Piers

Or a Pair of Docks.

Does anyone else the paradoxes of our time?  
  • We buy energy and raw materials from our enemies because we don't want to "destroy the environment".  
  • The government believes every citizen should be required to buy health insurance, but no one should be required to prove they are a citizen.  
  • The union-supported, far-Left directed and government applauded #Occupy movement is a grass-roots organization, but the TEA Party movement (at least the one I joined) that started with a woman putting an ad in the paper and getting permission to use the parking lot at a strip mall is "astroturfed".  
  • All research funded by the government is above reproach, but any research funded by business and industry (except for the "green industries") is necessarily tainted.
  • Public schools are being destroyed because they don't get more money, but when they get more money, they produce no better (and often worse) results.
  • Only union members qualify as "working folks".

Thursday, January 12, 2012

It Will Be Cold and Dark in Re-Education Camp

And everywhere else.

The Beer:  The Wee Heavy has really been nice.  And it's pretty, too.

The Bicycle:  Trainer disaster, that's all I'm sayin'.


The Administration continues it's war on energy.  GHG regulations are coming.  Remember, "Under my plan, electricity prices will necessarily skyrocket"?

Remember this one?


 This is no BS, folks. It is the plan.

EPA is heading down the GHG regulation path.  They have already issued the MACT regulations I wrote about here, which will be extraordinarily expensive and you will pay for.  The Administration has issued a "fatwah" on nuclear by closing off large tracts of land to prevent uranium ore mining and closing Yucca Mountain waste repository.  It's not a "dump", which brings to mind your local landfill, but an engineered, continuously monitored facility to store waste from a nuclear power plant, but don't let that get in the way of agenda.    They have effectively stopped the Keystone XL pipeline from providing cheap oil from Canadian tar sands as a sop to Big Environmental and excoriate Republicans for trying to move it forward.  We continue to buy oil from our enemies and enrich them and allow the sale of our friends oil to China?  How does that make sense?

"Fracking" is also under attack.   With no evidence, it is immediately implicated in a rash of rare earthquakes in Oklahoma and elsewhere.   It's not.

This is all part of the plan.  It is very hard for Big Government to control the population when the population has access to cheap, plentiful energy.  By curtailing it under the guise of "saving the planet" or some such foolishness, using regulation, rather than legislation borders on criminal and is most certainly worthy of the loyal opposition standing up and saying, "No!"

But they don't Republicans have had decades to counter the Democrat effort to make energy neither plentiful nor reliable.  They are either cowards or they are complicit.

You tell me which.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

The War On Energy Widens

Now it's uranium.

Common Ground?

I need to add an H/T, but I don't have the link yet.

Updated: 1/8/2012 @ 1417:


This should be some common ground between the Left and the Right.

I cannot confirm that this is exactly the way it happened, but I can vouch for the universal truths here.  After all, all 535 of them in congress are habitual liars and we know that as gospel.

Not sure if this is a TRUE letter but it speaks volumes for the American People

Alan Simpson, Senator from Wyoming , Co-Chair of Obama's deficit commission, calls senior citizens the Greediest Generation as he compared "Social Security" to a Milk Cow with 310 million teats. 

Here's a response in a letter from PATTY MYERS in Wyoming ... I think she is a little ticked off! She also tells it like it is! 
"Hey Alan, let's get a few things straight.. 
1. As a career politician, you have been on the public dole for FIFTY YEARS. 
2. I have been paying Social Security taxes for 48 YEARS (since I was 15 years old. I am now 63).
3 My Social Security payments, and those of millions of other Americans, were safely tucked away in an interest bearing account for decades until you political pukes decided to raid the account and give OUR money to a bunch of zero ambition losers in return for votes, thus bankrupting the system and turning Social Security into a Ponzi scheme that would have made Bernie Madoff proud.. 
4. Recently, just like Lucy & Charlie Brown, you and your ilk pulled the proverbial football away from millions of American seniors nearing retirement and moved the goalposts for full retirement from age 65 to age 67. NOW, you and your shill commission is proposing to move the goalposts YET AGAIN. 
5. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying into Medicare from Day One, and now you morons propose to change the rules of the game. Why? Because you idiots mismanaged other parts of the economy to such an extent that you need to steal money from Medicare to pay the bills. 
6. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying income taxes our entire lives, and now you propose to increase our taxes yet again. Why? Because you incompetent bastards spent our money so profligately that you just kept on spending even after you ran out of money. Now, you come to the American taxpayers and say you need more to pay off YOUR debt. 
To add insult to injury, you label us "greedy" for calling "bullshit" on your incompetence. Well, Captain Bullshit, I have a few questions for YOU. 
1. How much money have you earned from the American taxpayers during your pathetic 50-year political career? 
2. At what age did you retire from your pathetic political career, and how much are you receiving in annual retirement benefits from the American taxpayers? 
3. How much do you pay for YOUR government provided health insurance? 
4. What cuts in YOUR retirement and healthcare benefits are you proposing in your disgusting deficit reduction proposal, or, as usual, have you exempted yourself and your political cronies? 
It is you, Captain Bullshit, and your political co-conspirators called Congress who are the "greedy" ones. It is you and your fellow nutcases who have bankrupted America and stolen the American dream from millions of loyal, patriotic taxpayers. And for what? Votes. That's right, sir. You and yours have bankrupted America for the sole purpose of advancing your pathetic political careers. You know it, we know it, and you know that we know it. 
And you can take that to the bank, you miserable son of a bitch . 

Patty Meyers

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Business, Unemployment and The #Occupier

This week, the complicit MSM touted the "improvement" in unemployment.  Completely, totally and in all other ways parroting what they are told by the #Occupier of the White House, the MSM spoke glowingly and uncritically.  One headline even proclaimed Obama a "job creator".

It's a lie.

Townhall shows that the participation rate is still around 30-year lows.  Population is increasing faster than the increase in jobs can absorb those returning to and those initially entering the workforce.  But, if you hide that 4 million, it's real easy to say "things are getting better".  Why will they not get better?

  • While retailers had a good Christmas, I believe it was because consumers increased their debt, not because people suddenly had a bunch of cash to throw around.
  • The price of petroleum is expected to "necessarily skyrocket" since we still have not substantially increased our production or refining capacity in this country, the #Occupier continues to block the pipeline from Canada and we are unwilling to confront Iran (I argue the battle of Hormuz will be short and Iran will never again venture into the open ocean.)
The #Occupier believes he can use the force of his personality to get business to hire.  He can't.  Outsourcing jobs has been a bipartisan effort.  The Democrat fealty to social engineering such as the minimum wage (wow, are people snowed on this one) and the GOP complicity in regulatory and tax policy has driven business and industry off-shore.  Plain and simple.  If a business cannot make a profit in the US due to costs of labor, regulation and taxes, it has two choices.  Go "toes up" or move someplace where at least one of those is cheaper.  Government has done a fantastic job of making this country unfriendly to business.  If tax and regulatory costs were lower, labor costs would be less important.

Get government and The #Occupier in particular out of  the way and we will again flourish.  Common sense regulation, low taxes, and cheap, reliable energy will do the trick.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Well, Here We Are

Welcome to 2012.  Significant challenges await us.  The goal is to slow, stop and reverse "creeping socialism". Here are some of the things we need to do to make that happen (in no particular order).

  • End Obamacare and put REAL reforms in place that reduce administrative costs, put the choices in the hands of consumers and reform the malpractice tort system.
  • Reform the tax code.  The calls for "taxing the rich" are utter bullshit (pardon my French English).  Someone stated yesterday that the tax code should be named "The Special Interest Bro Code".  Not only that, but everyone needs to have a stake in this country, including the "poor".
  • Reduce spending by the Federal Government.  Do I really need to cover this?
  • Downsize the regulatory establishment.  Currently they make regulations that have the force of law and which are not authorized by Congress.  Congress gives their tacit approval, but all regulations should require an up/down vote in Congress.  Otherwise, your voice is not heard.
  • Regain and maintain control over the collusion between local governments and public-sector unions.  If they regain control in Wisconsin, we are (fiscally) doomed.
  • Vote, vote, vote.  If any of us fail to vote, we are doomed both at the state level for Wisconsin and at the national level.   This fight will never be over.  The Leftists and takers are like The Borg.  They are relentless.
Happy New Year.